Recovering Macros and AutoText Entries from

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated January 4, 2021)


Walt Otterson keeps running into a problem trying to transfer macros and AutoText entries from his old version of Word to his new version. The old version of Word (2000) is no longer available, but he has the file from that version, and he's trying to use the Organizer in Word 2002 to transfer the macros and entries. Every time he tries, Word hangs and he needs to reboot.

There are a couple of things you could try in order to recover what you need. First of all, you could locate someone else with a Word 2000 system who would let you run some tests. Find their file and, outside of Word, rename it to something else. Then, copy your old into the same folder where their renamed resides. Start Word 2000, and see if you can view the macros in the VBA Editor. If so, you can export the macros (File | Export Files) to save the macros as a .BAS file.

As for the AutoText entries, on your friend's system use Organizer to copy the entries to a brand new template file. (AutoText entries cannot be attached to documents; they must be moved in the Organizer from one template to another.)

Now, copy the .BAS file and the new template file to your new Word 2002 system. Use the VBA Editor to import the macros (File | Import Files) to the new file. Use the Organizer to transfer the AutoText entries to the new file.

Another thing to try is to make a copy of the old file (the one from your Word 2000 system) and rename the file as a regular document. Open the file and use the Organizer to copy the macros to the new file. You won't be able to copy the AutoText entries in this way, but if you are successful in copying the macros, you can delete the macros from the document (the one that used to be, save the file, and then rename it back to a template file. Start Word 2002 and try, once again, to transfer the AutoText entries from the modified template file to the new file.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (210) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...


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2019-01-19 22:20:13

Richard Ong

This was very helpful. I've always stumbled when it comes to transferring macros, styles, and autocorrect entries (covered in your "Backing Up Your AutoCorrect Entries").

I exported my macros from to a BAS file. Copied that file to a thumb drive. Moved the thumb drive to my new desktop and imported the file when I opened my Visual Basic editor from a blank document opened in my Word 2007 application. (My old machine has Word 2003 on it so this and the other transfers worked fine going from Word 2003 to Word 2007.)

I then copied the macros to the new Word 2007 Normal template using organizer. If I remember correctly.

I then made a copy of my Word 2003 Normal template, renamed it from to "2003template.doc", copied it to the thumb drive, open the "doc" file, and transferred the styles to the new Word 2007 Normal template using the organizer.

I never use the Autotext feature so I ignored that.

I searched for all the autocorrect files you describe in your other article and there about 14 such files (*.ACL). I am mostly concerned about transferring my Autocorrect entries for Word so in Word 2003 I added an entry to my Autocorrect entries and then exited from that window. I searched again for all the *.ACL files on the Word 2003 system and noted which one was time stamped just a minute or so prior. For Word 2003, this file was MSO1033 in C:\Users\User-Name\Appdata\Roaming\Microsoft\Office. I copied this to the other computer as before and renamed the MSO1033.ACL file in that same directory and then copied my MS)1033.ACL file from the old computer to the above-described directory (all with Word 2007 being closed).

Check the list of Autocorrect entries after restarting Word 2007, I found my Word 2003 list nice as you please.

2018-12-11 07:22:59


>This tip (210) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003.

What about further versions, say 2016?

no method is available?


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