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10. Office Wizards Promise to Save Settings but May Not

The foregoing sections concern the settings that are so key to Office users. So how do you protect them and re-create them efficiently if you need to upgrade or reinstall Office?

The answer: Good luck.

There is a Save My Settings Wizard, but in the past it has failed me. It has not protected macros, AutoText, or AutoCorrect entries (which are stored in the Normal.dot template) or my very hard to re-create email signatures.

Using the Outlook backup utility also doesn’t necessarily protect your email signatures and if, like me, you use a nifty HTML file to contain a graphic signature as a GIF file, you’ll definitely need to relocate the signature graphic and re-link it to the email signature.

I am still not clear on exactly what these wizards save, but I back up my files manually. I don’t like surprises.

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