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Location of Microsoft Files

Do you know where your personal preference files are located? Before Installing or erasing, it's a good practice to backup your personal preferences.

  1. Entourage Database Identity [Your Mail]
  2. Custom Dictionary
  3. Entourage Preferences
  4. Office Settings
  5. Internet Explorer X
  6. SyncServices
  7. Spotlight Cache file

Location of Entourage Database

It's important to know the location of your database because your rules, mailing lists, signatures, messages, data, schedules, contacts, tasks, notes, calendar are located in your database.

Entourage 2004: ~/Documents/Microsoft User Data/Office 2004 Identities/your identity

Entourage X: ~/Documents/Microsoft User Data/Office X Identities/your identity
Entourage 2001: <Startup Disk>:Documents/Microsoft User Data: Office 2001 Identities:your identity Note: your identity is called Main Identity unless you rename it.

Preference Files for Entourage

Entourage X, 2004 and 2008:




~/Library/Preferences/Microsoft/Entourage Preferences

There are many com.microsoft files. Select your preferences folder in the Finder and search using "microsoft" to show all the .plist files. As you add preferences to items in Entourage, this list can grow.

Entourage 2001:

System Folder/Preferences/Microsoft/Entourage Preferences

/Documents/Microsoft User Data/Office 2001 Identities/[Each Identity]/

Custom Dictionary

Entourage X, 2004:

~/Library/Preferences/Microsoft/Custom Dictionary

Entourage 2008

"~/Library/Preferences/Microsoft/Office 2008/Custom Dictionary"

Entourage 2001:

System Folder/Preferences/Microsoft/Custom Dictionary

Outlook for Mac

Outlook uses OS X's Spelling in your User's Library/Spelling


~/Library/Application Support/SyncServices/

Spotlight cache files

Entourage places files for indexing by Spotlight here:


Note: You can exclude your database from Spotlight searches as it is unnecessary and can slow down your computer.

Office Settings

AutoCorrect entries (Stored in two locations) The formatted entries are in the Normal template, the office-wide plain-text entries are in the MS Office ACL file.

  1. MS Office ACL file for the language you are using. E.g. MS Office ACL [English].
  2. Normal file (If you specify when creating an AutoCorrect that it should be inserted as "Formatted" then goes in the Normal template (as an AutoText).)

Office 2011: Microsoft Office ACL [English] located in ~/Library/Application Support/Microsoft/Preferences/Office 2011/

Office 2004 & 2008: Microsoft Office ACL [English] located in ~/Library/Preferences/Microsoft/

Office X: “MS Office ACL [English]” located in ~/Library/Preferences/Microsoft/

Office 2001: "MS Office ACL [English]" located in System Folder>Preferences>Microsoft


The Normal Template contains toolbar customizations for Word as well as the default settings for every new Word document not based on another template.

Office X: The Normal file is located in the "Templates" folder in your "Microsoft Office" folder. Tip: Put your templates in your Microsoft User Data folder, where they won't be touched if you use "Remove Office", and set the Project Gallery to find them there. Otherwise, “Remove Office” will delete those files.

Office Word 2004 moves the Normal Template to live in the Microsoft User Data folder by default. It does not move the Templates folder. Put your Templates foder in your Microsoft User Data folder, where they won't be touched if you use "Remove Office", and set the Project Gallery to find them there.

Office 2008 & 2011 moved Normal.dotm to ~/Library/Application Support/Microsoft/User Templates

Word Settings

This file stores your Word preferences. It's located here:

Word X: ~/Library/Preferences/Microsoft/Word Settings (10)

Word 2001: Macintosh HD:System Folder:Preferences:Microsoft:Word Settings(9)

Custom Dictionary

  • Entourage X: ~/Library/Preferences/Microsoft/Custom Dictionary
  • Entourage 2001: System Folder/Preferences/Microsoft/Custom Dictionary

Microsoft Internet Explorer X....



Favorites are stored in your Preferences folder. Look in the Explorer folder. If you only want to replace your "new" favorites with your old ones, you can simply replace ~/Library/Preferences/Explorer/Favorites.html with your previous Favorites.html file.