AutoText is a way for users of Microsoft Word to be able to insert or type text or a picture with only a few keystrokes. Once you've added text or a picture to the AutoText list, you only need to type a few characters to bring up a prompt to insert the whole text string or image. If you use AutoText all the time, you may find it difficult to function when using Microsoft Word on a computer that doesn't have your autotext settings loaded. Fortunately, you can transfer your AutoText settings to any computer you like.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Blank, formatted floppy disk or removable flash drive
Insert a blank, formatted floppy disk into the floppy disk drive in your computer or plug a removable flash drive into an open USB port.
Click the "Start" button, then type "normal.dot" into the search field.
Right-click the "normal.dot" file and click "Open Folder Location." If more than one "normal.dot" file is found, open the folder location for the one located in the directory that includes your profile (user) name.
Right-click the "normal.dot" file, click "Send-To" and choose the floppy disk drive or the removable flash drive.
Remove the floppy disk or removable flash drive from the computer.
Insert the floppy disk or removable flash drive into the computer into which you want to load the AutoText settings.
Click the "Start" menu, then click "Computer." Double-click the floppy or removable disk drive. Right-click the "normal.dot" file and choose "Copy."
Click the "Start" button and type "normal.dot" into the search field.
Right-click the "normal.dot" file when it appears in the Search area and choose "Open Folder Location."
Right-click the "normal.dot" file in the containing folder and choose "Rename." Rename the file "normal_old.dot" and press the "Enter" key.
Click the "Edit" menu in the containing folder and choose "Paste" to paste the "normal.dot" file from the other computer into the directory.
Close the containing folder window, then launch Microsoft Word.
Create a new document and type a set of characters or phrase that would normally trigger the AutoText feature. Successful detection of the phrase and prompting to insert the correct text or image indicates that the AutoText settings have been transferred.
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