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Microsoft Word keeps AutoText entries in a fairly easy to find template.

Do you have any idea where Word puts the file with AutoText? My colleague had a lot of things in AutoText, but it looks like it's all gone.

There are so many places, it seems like that information could be just about anywhere along with all sorts of other Word configuration information.

Fortunately this is a case where the location actually makes sense.

From the Microsoft Knowledgebase article How to copy Word AutoText entries between computers that have Word installed:

By default, AutoText entries, custom styles, custom toolbars, and macros are stored in the Normal.dot template.

Why do I say that this location actually makes sense? Because normal.dot is only the default template; additional templates can also contain additional settings. That means you can create custom AutoText entries, and other settings, for different applications by creating different templates.

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Leo Leo A. Notenboom has been playing with computers since he was required to take a programming class in 1976. An 18 year career as a programmer at Microsoft soon followed. After "retiring" in 2001, Leo started Ask Leo! in 2003 as a place for answers to common computer and technical questions. More about Leo.

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