Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. If you are using an earlier version (Excel 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Excel, click here: Backing Up Your AutoCorrect Entries.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated December 13, 2016)
AutoCorrect is a very productive feature in Microsoft Office products that allows you to compensate for your inadequacies as a typist (grin). Since it is possible to spend a great deal of time tweaking your AutoCorrect entries so they are just right, you may wonder how to back up the information in case they need to move it to a freshly formatted hard drive or a new install of Excel.
The answer is quite simple: Excel's AutoCorrect information is stored in files with the ACL extension. If you want to make a copy of your AutoCorrect information, all you need to do is use the Windows searching capabilities to locate files with this extension and copy them to your backup destination (such as a memory stick).
ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (11889) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Backing Up Your AutoCorrect Entries.
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