Where are Word's automatic spelling corrections held?
Thread poster: Anthony Green

Anthony Green  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 14:37
Italian to English
Dec 13, 2003

Like a lot of translators I specialise in unwitting anagrams, one of my most common being "transaltion"...
Having worked for years in Word 97 I have just upgraded to Word 2k, but can't find where the automatic corrections are kept - I thought they were in normal.dot

Has anyone resolved this issue ?


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RHELLER
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maybe this is what you are looking for Dec 13, 2003

I am not using the same version, but try this:

Format
AutoFormat
options


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Anthony Green  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 14:37
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I need to migrate my huge database Dec 13, 2003

Thanks Rita for helping out.
What I'm looking for though is the physical file on the hard disk which contains (contained?) all of that information lovingly built up over the years and which now doesn't get Word to automatically convert all my anagrams into sensibel wrods.

Anthony
Rita Heller wrote:

I am not using the same version, but try this:

Format
AutoFormat
options


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Lesley Clarke  Identity Verified
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Here's a good site on the subject Dec 13, 2003

Hope this does the job. About half-way down the page it goes into all the details.

http://www.stedmans.com/section.cfm/50/54/818


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Hynek Palatin  Identity Verified
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Three locations: registry, normal.dot and .acl file Dec 13, 2003

This will help you:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;207748

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;186237

To move the AutoCorrect entries, you can use the AutoCorrect Utility (see above) or Ando Tools:

http://www.geocities.com/pavelatando/


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Hynek Palatin  Identity Verified
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IntelliComplete Dec 13, 2003

By the way, if you use AutoCorrect a lot, you could try IntelliComplete:

http://flashpeak.com/icomp/

I think it's much better than AutoCorrect/AutoComplete in Word and it works in any application. It costs about $50. It's shareware with 30 days trial period.


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Christel Zipfel  Identity Verified
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Normal.dot Dec 14, 2003

I recently reinstalled Windows. I premise I am not a computer freak at all, so I thoroughly prepared this step by reading whatever could be helpful.
I have Word 97, too, and copied, accordingly to the instructions I had found, the file Normal.dot; it's very precious indeed as it contains all your personal Word settings and like you say your automatic corrections, too. So when I reinstalled Word, I didn't have any problems and had all my settings and corrections like I did before.
Of course, if you added your own entries to your personal dictionary, you should copy this, too.
I hope this doesn't come too late...


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Angela Arnone  Identity Verified
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What Anthony (and the rest of you I think) are looking for... Dec 14, 2003

is this:

go to Insert, then Symbol, then Autocorrect. Fill in the word you always mistype then, in the next window, fill in the correction you require.
You need to use the Plain Text option or it won't work.
Angela


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Anthony Green  Identity Verified
Italy
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Pavel Atando looks the best bet Dec 14, 2003

At the moment it seems as if Pavel Atando's excellent macros (I recommend anyone to take a look) might do the job
I followed the instructions for exporting the corrections from Word 97 into a doc which went fine, and importing into Word 2000 also seemed to go fine (no error messages) but the corrections haven't been incorporated - I wonder if there is any incompatibility. I'll check it out better tomorrow.

Thanks so much Hynek, and I'll check out the pther link you provided tomorrow, too!




Hynek Palatin wrote:

This will help you:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;207748

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;186237

To move the AutoCorrect entries, you can use the AutoCorrect Utility (see above) or Ando Tools:

http://www.geocities.com/pavelatando/


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Anthony Green  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 14:37
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Not for upgrades though! Dec 14, 2003

Thanks Christel

For some reason, normal.dot won't recover your automatic corrections when you upgrade, but only when you reinstall. Thankfully, though, I did copy it and it works fine for all of my macros, toolbars etc, but not for the automatic correction.

It really makes you wonder what the decision processes at Miscrofot are like (sorry I like that anagram so much I'm going to leave it!) that a pretty computer-literate person like myself has problems such as these...


Christel Zipfel wrote:

I recently reinstalled Windows. I premise I am not a computer freak at all, so I thoroughly prepared this step by reading whatever could be helpful.
I have Word 97, too, and copied, accordingly to the instructions I had found, the file Normal.dot; it's very precious indeed as it contains all your personal Word settings and like you say your automatic corrections, too. So when I reinstalled Word, I didn't have any problems and had all my settings and corrections like I did before.
Of course, if you added your own entries to your personal dictionary, you should copy this, too.
I hope this doesn't come too late...


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