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SAVING OLDER OFFICE SETTINGS FOR USE WITH OFFICE 2013

If you have ever added new words to your Word dictionary, created macros, or changed your auto-correct settings, auto-text settings, default page margins, or default font, you should make a copy of your Templates folder (which contains the Normal.dot file) and store it on your H: drive.

Save Word 2003 setting

Save Word 2007 or 2010 settings


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Save your Word 2003 settings and templates while you still have your old computer.


If you have created macros, AutoText entries, or other templates, and/or added words to your custom dictionary, you should make a copy of these items and store them on your H: drive. We also recommend that you record your default margins and font settings.

Default Margins and Font:  Open a blank Word document and write down the default font and your margin settings. You will need to reset this manually in Office 2013.

Template Folder:   If you have created macros, AutoText or created other templates you will need to copy the Template folder to your H: drive. 
  1. With a blank Word document open, click on Tools, then Options.

  2. In the Options window, click on the File Locations tab.

  3. In the File Types list, select User Templates, then click the Modify button.

  4. Click on the down-arrow to the right of the Look in: field, and write down the entire folder sequences from C: to templates folder.

    Example:  C:\Documents and Settings\(username)\Application Data\Microsoft\Templates  
    (username could be smith or your name)

Custom Dictionary:  If you have added to the dictionary, these settings will have to be copied as well. 

Copying Template files and Custom Dictionary

  1. Close Word, now open either Windows Explorer or My Computer.

  2. Locate the Templates folder by following the folder path you wrote down. No need to open the folder. 

    Note:
    If you do not see the Templates folder in the expected location, go to Tools, Folder Options, View and click on Show hidden folders and files.

  3. Click once on the Templates folder to select it. Now look about 5 folders above to locate the Proof folder.  Holding the CTRL down click once on the Proof folder.  Both folders should be selected, from the Edit menu select Copy.

  4. Change the drive location to H: and paste the folders there.

After completing Part 1 and printing these instructions, return to Step 7 on the main instructions page.

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Save your Word 2007 or Word 2010
settings while you still have your old computer.

If you have you have customized Word, created templates, or customized the dictionary, you should make a copy of these items and store them on your H: drive. We also recommend that you record your default margins and font settings.

Default Margins and Font
Open a blank Word document and write down the default font and your margin settings. You may need to reset this manually in Office 2013


Template, UProof, and Document Building Blocks folders
To save these settings, you will need to copy the Templates, UProof, and Document Building Blocks folders to your H: drive, as follows:

  1. Open Windows Explorer or My Computer and navigate to this exact location:

    C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\Application Data\Microsoft\  

    The username is typically smith but could also be your own username.

    Note:
    If you do not see these folders in the expected location, go to Tools, Folder Options, View and click on Show hidden folders and files.

  2. To select all three folders to copy, hold down your Control key and click once on the Document Building Blocks folder, then click once on the Templates folder, and once on the UProof folder. All three folders should now be highlighted.

  3. From the Edit menu select Copy.

  4. Change your location to your H: drive and paste the folders there.


Quick Access Toolbar:  If you have customized the Quick Access Toolbar with several personal settings then you might consider placing this folder on your H: drive so you can restore it to the new computer. Otherwise, it is simple to recreate these settings.

  1. Open either Windows explore or My Computer the default location for this folder she be as follows:

    C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\    

    The username is typically smith but could also be your own username.

  2. Click once on the Office folder (highlighted), from the Edit menu select Copy.

  3. Change your location to your H: drive and paste the folder there.

After completing saving your Office setting return to Step 7 on the main instructions page.


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