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Richard N
11-07-2002, 12:16 AM
I am trying to locate the autocorrect file in the windows directory. I know the file name for the custom dictionary is 'custom.DIC' but I would like to import my autocorrect file from work to my home PC as it is alot more comprehensive.
Does anyone know what this file is called?

Thanks Richard

11-07-2002, 07:56 AM
Hi Richard
Autocorrect files are *.acl (AutoCorrect List) in Word2000.

Richard N
11-07-2002, 08:33 PM
Hey thanks very much Capital!

Realy appreciate that

Richard N
12-07-2002, 10:49 PM
Hi again,

sorry David I searched my whole PC work and at home but could not find any .acl files. Any other ideas? I am using 'Office 2000 Pro'


12-07-2002, 11:08 PM
Mine is in /windows (with differing copies in many other directories!)

Question: have you ever added to the autocorrect file as it likely doesn't exist until you do...

Richard N
12-07-2002, 11:44 PM

yes I have added many items to it indeed. This is why I want to bring it home as it is so comprehensive for a butterfingers like me. However I still can't find it in /windows dir???


13-07-2002, 12:05 AM
what OS are you using... The reason I ask is that later ones (ME and XP) from memory hide system files.

If Microsoft decide the dictionary is a system file you will need to enable (in search) the system file option, or it will not tell you about them.

Its a long shot, but might explain it.

I have Word XP, and I found the fine by going to a command prompt (DOS) and typing:

CD\ <enter>
dir *.acl /s <enter> (space after dir and acl)


You say they are at work:

You are not on a network there by any chance???

If so they probably wont be on your PC at all, but on the server.

15-07-2002, 10:31 AM
Hi Richard
On my PC, running XP Home with Office 2000 Professional, by default my *.acl files are in C:\Documents and Settings\D1\Application Data\Microsoft\Office

Richard N
15-07-2002, 11:05 PM
Hey thanks guys yes I have finally found them. Yes I am on a network at work so perhaps they are there (on the server). However I found them on my home machine. BUT.... I actually found out that there is a wee 500 kb programme that you need to download from MS called macros.exe (which I have downloaded) that enables you to backup and restore this autocorrect list in the lformat of a .DOC file so you can view as well. This also enables yoiu to create a word DOC with a sample of all your installed fonts... and many other wee things that I shall not venture into. Most convenient. But hey thanks again. Let me know if yoiu would like this file and I will send. Regards Richard