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Office 2003 Save My Settings Wizard

There are good things and bad things about getting a new computer. The good things are of course things such as better performance, more storage and new features that come with new versions of Windows and other software. One of the bad things is having to transfer your files, programs and settings to your new computer so it functions like your old one so you will be comfortable using it. One of those programs where you can have a lot of configured settings that would be nice to have transferred to your new computer would be Microsoft Office.

The Save My Settings Wizard allows you to back up your Office settings to a file so you can import them to another computer with Office installed. The Save the settings from this machine option instructs the wizard to capture your Office configuration settings from the Office programs that you have installed. This file is basically a snapshot of your Office user configuration and contains registry settings and other related files. These settings are saved in a profile settings file (.ops) stored locally or on a network share.

Install the Save My Settings Wizard
The Save My Settings Wizard may not be installed with your version of Office. To determine if it is installed, click on Start, then on All Programs (or Programs). Then click on Microsoft Office Tools. If the Save My Settings Wizard does not appear on the Microsoft Office Tools menu, then it is not installed.

1. Close all Office programs.
2. Click Start, and then Control Panel (or Settings then Control Panel).
3. Click Add or Remove Programs. 
4. Click Change or Remove Programs. 
5. Click Microsoft Office 2003, and then click Change. 
6. In the Microsoft Office 2003 Setup dialog box, click Add or Remove Features, and then click Next. 
7. In the Features to install tree, expand Office Tools. 
8. Click Save My Settings Wizard, and then click Run all from My Computer. 
9. Click Update. 
10. Click OK when Setup has completed successfully.

 

To use the Save My Settings Wizard
To save your settings, do the following:
1. Close all Office programs.
2. Click Start, All Programs (or Programs), then Microsoft Office, and click on Microsoft Office Tools.
3. Click Microsoft Office 2003 Save My Settings Wizard. 
4. In the Save My Settings Wizard, click Next. 
5. Click Save the settings from this machine, and then click Next. 
6. Type the location or browse to the location where you want to save the file, and then click Finish. 

 

Restore Your Previously Saved Settings
The Restore Your Previously Saved Settings option uses the wizard to restore your Office configuration settings from the .ops file that you saved in the previous step.

To restore your settings, do the following:
1. Close all Office programs.
2. Click Start, All Programs (or Programs), then Microsoft Office, and click on Microsoft Office Tools.
3. Click Microsoft Office 2003 Save My Settings Wizard. 
4. In the Save My Settings Wizard, click Next. 
5. Click Restore previously saved settings to this machine, and then click Next. 
6. In the File to Restore Settings From box, type or browse to the path of the location of your .ops file, and then click Finish.


 

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