- Main locations of Word settings
- Settings in the following Windows registry keys:HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\9.0\Word
- Miscellaneous settings
- Using the RegOptions macro
Main Locations of Word SettingsMost settings in Word are stored in the following registry key:
For the remainder of this article, all references to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER subtree apply also to the HKEY_USERS subtree, except where noted.
Settings in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\9.0\WordThe settings that you may have to examine during troubleshooting are located in this key. The Data key and the Options key are the most frequently changed areas.
This key contains binary information for most recently used (MRU) lists, including the MRU file list and the MRU address book list. It also contains other information such as Track Changes settings and Edit settings.
This key stores those options that you can set from Word, either by changing menu options or by running the RegOptions macro. These are the editable options.
The settings fall into two groups: default settings and optional settings. Default settings are established during Setup, and you can change them by modifying options in Word. Optional settings are not created during Setup; to add them you must run the RegOptions macro (discussed later in this article).
The default settings located in the Options key, and their purpose, are as follows:
NOTE: Most of the following settings are not present in the registry until you make a change in Word and then quit Word.
Date and TimeTo locate the following option in Word, click Date and Time on the Insert menu, select a format, and then click Default.
EditingTo locate the following options in Word, click Options on the Tools menu, and then click the Edit tab.
Wordmail-Path: Contains WordMail directory path.
File LocationsTo locate the following options in Word, click Options on the Tools menu, and then click the File Locations tab:
DOC-PATH: Contains folder location for documents saved in Word.
INI-PATH: Contains folder location for User Options.
PICTURE-PATH: Contains folder location for Clip Art.
PROGRAMDIR: Contains folder location for Word program folder.
STARTUP-PATH: Contains folder location for the Startup folder.
TOOLS-PATH: Different folder location for proofing tools.
UserTemplates: Folder location for User templates.
SharedTemplates: Folder location for Workgroup templates.
PrintingTo locate the following options in Word, click Options on the Tools menu, and then click the Print tab:
SavingTo locate the following options in Word, click Options on the Tools menu, and then click the Save tab:
DefaultFormat: This key sets the default format for saving documents. You can change the default format by changing the Save Word Files As setting in Word.
Spelling and GrammarTo locate the following options in Word, click Options on the Tools menu, and then click the Spelling & Grammar tab:
AutoGrammar: Turns automatic grammar checking on or off.
UpdateDictionaryNumber: Sets the default order for custom dictionaries.
NoEditTime: Turns on and off recording of edit time in statistics.
PlainTextAutoFormat: Sets Autoformat for WordMail documents.
StartWhatIsNew: Turns "What is New screen" on and off at startup.
BitMapMemory: Contains memory for internal graphics cache.
CacheSize: Contains internal document text cache for Word.
Doc-Extension: Contains the default extension for Word documents.
Dot-Extension: Contains the default extension for templates in Word.
OleDot: Contains the default template used to create document objects in Word or other OLE applications.
SlowShading: For printers with special drawing functions, allows shading of graphics.
This key contains the default location for the template for WordMail and the links to find the template.
The four settings here are:
Default Template: Contains the path to the template (by default, Email.dot).
DlgDefTpl: Contains a link to the default template.
Option: Contains a link to the default template.
Table of Authorities Key
Category 1 "Cases"
Category 2 "Statutes"
Category 10 "10"
All wizard defaults are stored here. These settings are created the first time you run a wizard.
Settings in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\9.0\CommonThis key is used by other Microsoft programs, such as the Office programs. Likewise, these settings are shared between programs. Changes made in one program's settings also appear in the other programs.
FileNew: Contains paths for local and shared templates.
Internet: Stores settings for FTP sites and icons.
Open Find: Stores default settings for Open and Save dialog boxes in Microsoft Word, including current view and file name and MRU lists.
Toolbars: Sets Tooltips on or off and sets button sizes for toolbars.
Userinfo: Contains user information including address, name, and initials.
UserTemplates: Contains folder location for User templates.
SharedTemplates: Contains folder location for Workgroup templates.
Settings in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Shared ToolsThis key contains paths for all Windows applets such as Equation, WordArt, and Microsoft Graph. Paths for graphics filters and text converters are also registered in this location. There are two keys here that pertain especially to Word. One is the Graphics Filters key, which registers the import and export filters, and the other is the Text Converters key, which registers import and export converters. In addition, each filter and converter is registered individually. A list of clients using a filter, converter, or applet is listed under each tool.
Miscellaneous SettingsThe .doc file name extension is registered in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT in several ways and can be found in the following registry roots:
Using the RegOptions MacroThe RegOptions (Registry Options) macro can be used to examine the Windows registry or to make changes to Word settings stored there. For additional information about the RegOptions macro, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
Article ID: 212242 - Last Review: Sep 12, 2004 - Revision: 1