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Part VIII: Appendixes > Backing Up User Settings with the Office Profile Wizard

Backing Up User Settings with the Office Profile Wizard

One of the most frustrating aspects of configuring Word is the lengthy set of customization options you have to go through when you first install the software. If you are particular about user preferences, such as those found in the Options dialog box, installing Word on a new computer is particularly vexing: It can take days or weeks to reset all preferences so the programs work the way you want them to work. And some settings—such as custom dictionaries, AutoCorrect and AutoText entries, and macros—require painstaking backup and restore routines to transfer from one computer to another.

If you want to back up your preferences and settings once and for all so you can restore them on demand, a tool in the Office Resource Kit is practically indispensable. Use the Office Profile Wizard to back up your settings and save them to a file. As Figure A.8 shows, it's easy to restore the file to a new or existing Word installation, enabling you to quickly transfer preferences on demand, without having to wade through dialog boxes.


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