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Where AutoCorrect Entries and Settings Are Stored

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IMPORTANT: This article contains information about editing the registry.Before you edit the registry, you should first make a backup copy of theregistry files (System.dat and User.dat). Both are hidden files in theWindows folder.
AutoCorrect lists are now shared between Office applications. Any changesyou make to the AutoCorrect entries and settings while in one program areimmediately available to the other programs. In addition, Word can storeAutoCorrect items consisting of formatted text and graphics.

Information pertaining to AutoCorrect is stored in various locations.
   This AutoCorrect information                 Is stored here   ----------------------------------------------------------------------   AutoCorrect entries shared by all            .acl file in the location   programs                                     specified in the Windows                                                registry   AutoCorrect entries used only by      Word (formatted text and graphics)   AutoCorrect settings (correct two initial    Windows registry   capitals, capitalize names of days,   replace text as you type)   AutoCorrect settings used only by            Windows registry   Word (Correct accidental usage of CAPS   LOCK key, Capitalize first letter of   sentences)				
For information about how to edit the registry, see the Changing Keys AndValues online Help topic in Registry Editor (Regedit.exe). Note that youshould make a backup copy of the registry files (System.dat and User.dat)before you edit the registry.

WARNING: Using Registry Editor incorrectly can cause serious problemsthat may require you to reinstall Windows 95. Microsoft cannot guaranteethat problems resulting from the incorrect use of Registry Editor can besolved. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

Shared AutoCorrect Items Stored in .ACL File

The first time you use one of the Office programs listed at the beginningof this article, a default list of AutoCorrect items is copied fromMsoffice.acl to a new file, called <username>000.acl. If you have notlogged on to the computer as a specific user, the new file is calledUser000.acl. This file is usually placed in the Windows folder.

When you add a new AutoCorrect entry in any of the Office programs, thatprogram immediately updates the .acl file. This new AutoCorrect entry isnow available to all the other programs which also use AutoCorrect.

Location of the .acl File

The .acl file is usually located in the Windows folder. To determinewhere this file is stored, look in the Registry Editor under thefollowing key:

In Microsoft Office 97:
   HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Microsoft Office\8.0\    Common\AutoCorrect				

In Microsoft Office 95:
   HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Microsoft Office\95\    AutoCorrect\list				

If you have not logged on to the computer as a specific user, the entrywill be found under this key:
   HKEY_CURRENT_USER\.Default\Software\Microsoft\Microsoft Office\95\    AutoCorrect\list				

Location of the Settings Information

In Microsoft Office 95 other AutoCorrect settings are stored in thesame location, in the Settings key:
   HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Microsoft Office\95\    AutoCorrect\settings				

Word Stores Additional AutoCorrect Entries

Word's built-in list of AutoCorrect entries includes items that don'tappear in other programs, such as a colon and a closing parenthesisthat are replaced by a "smiley face" symbol.

Word can also store graphics and formatted text as AutoCorrect entries.These entries are not available to other programs. (To store something asan AutoCorrect entry in Word, type the text or insert the graphic youwant to store, select it, and then go to the Tools menu and clickAutoCorrect. The highlighted area will appear on the "With" side, and youcan type a short name in the "Replace" side.)

In Microsoft Office 95, Word's additional AutoCorrect options, CorrectAccidental Use Of CAPS LOCK Key and Capitalize First Letter Of Sentencesare stored in the Registry Editor under the following key:
6.00 6.00a 6.00c winword word95 8.00 97 xl97 autocorect ac

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