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This section contains the default paths to important folders in Office. These paths can be edited by the user.

To access this command...

Choose Tools - Options - Office - Paths.

Choose Tools - AutoText - Path. (autotext only)

Paths used by Office

To modify an entry in this list, click the entry and click Edit. You can also double-click the entry.


The Default button resets the predefined paths for all selected entries.


Click to display the Select Path or Edit Paths dialogue box.

You can change the sequence of entries by clicking the bar in the Type column. The column width can be changed by moving the separator between the columns with the mouse.

The {user profile} directory and its subdirectories contain user data.The location of the {user profile} directory is determined when Office is installed. See the Default location section in the Wiki page about Office user profile for more information about typical locations of the user profile in different operating systems.

The following list shows the default predefined paths for storing user data, and explains what type of user data is stored in each path. Use the Edit dialogue box to change, add, or delete paths for the different types.

Type Default Path Description
AutoCorrect {user profile}/user/autocorr{user profile}\user\autocorr This folder stores your own AutoCorrect text strings.
AutoText {user profile}/user/autotext{user profile}\user\autotext This folder stores your own AutoText text strings.
Backups {user profile}/user/backup{user profile}\user\backup Automatic backup copies of documents are stored here.
Dictionaries {user profile}/user/wordbook{user profile}\user\wordbook This folder stores files with words in your custom dictionaries.
Gallery {user profile}/user/gallery{user profile}\user\gallery New Gallery themes are stored in this folder.
Images {user profile}/user/gallery{user profile}\user\gallery This folder is displayed when you first call the dialogue box for opening or saving a graphic object.
Templates {user profile}/user/template{user profile}\user\template In this folder you can store your own templates.
Temporary files {user profile}/user/temp{user profile}\user\temp This is where Office puts its temporary files.
My Documents Default document folder of your system You can see this folder when you first call the Open or Save dialogue box.
Classification {install}/share/classification/example.xml{install}\share\classification\example.xml Office reads the TSCP BAF policy from this file.

Internal Paths shows the paths where predefined content for Office is installed. These paths cannot be edited in this dialogue box.

The paths refer to subdirectories in {install}</span>/share. These subdirectories are read-only and contain content shown to all users. The location of the {install} directory is determined when Office is installed.