Word VBA >> using autocorrect acl file in different location?

by gil » Sat, 28 Feb 2009 22:22:46 GMT

Hi All,

I'd like to use autocorrects from a different folder location than
c:\documents and settings\... UserName. \application data\Microsoft\Office . MSO1033.acl

It would allow me to be more mobile in using multiple computers with MS Word. I use attached and add-in templates from a selected
folder. I am familiar with using variables.

How do I code for pointing MS Word to a different MSO1033.acl?


Word VBA >> using autocorrect acl file in different location?

by gil » Sun, 01 Mar 2009 00:01:51 GMT

I should have added ...
I am using Windows XP and Word 2003

Gil Carter, MD, JD

using Microsoft Word for electronic medical records since 1995

Word VBA >> using autocorrect acl file in different location?

by David Horowitz » Sun, 01 Mar 2009 08:46:39 GMT

I don't see a way to do this exactly. The best that I can suggest would be
to write a macro or batch file that would easily copy the ACL file from the
desired location to where Word wants it to be. You know, something like a
.bat file that would say:
COPY /Y x:\mylocation\mso1033.acl "C:\Documents and
Settings\David\Application Data\Microsoft\Office"
It could even then launch Word. Then you could create an icon for this batch
file and then run it whenever you want to go into Word.
I have not found way to redirect where Word looks for the file. Tools >
Options > File Locations doesn't seem to help, not do any entries in the
Registry (including HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Office\10.0\Common\AutoCorrect -
you can find references to this on the internet).
It all seems pretty set.
There are macros here:
to automatically copy ACL entries from one file to another, but I'm not sure
that gets you what you really want either, which is just a simple way to
point Word to a different file.
Good luck!
David Horowitz
Lead Technologist
Soundside Inc.

Word VBA >> using autocorrect acl file in different location?

by gil » Sun, 01 Mar 2009 22:59:18 GMT

Autocorrects UseNet Microsoft VBA Newsgroup


Thank you David. You've probably saved me hours of looking around thinking it must be somewhere.

I do have a shortcut that imports autocorrects from a document table and it works reasonably well. And of course, I can just
replace use Windows to replace the MSO133.acl file. And of course, Word would have to be inactive at the time to prevent "file in
use" message from coming up.

I'll give the bat file method a try.

Thanks again,


Gil Carter, MD, JD, ABFM

Family and General Medicine

DrCarter @ TenSecondMedicalRecord.com

Asheville, North Carolina, NC

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