How to restore Autotext/Building blocks in Word 2013? RRS feed

  • Question

  • I rely on autotext/building blocks a lot - it's an absolute essential every day. Today I seem to have lost the whole lot of my autotext entries (there were thousands). I went into the folder where the templates are kept and found an old Normal.dotm doc, but its Autotext entries are way out of date. So...

    1. Is there any way to get my most recent Autotext/building blocks template back? 

    2. How did I delete it, or how did it go missing?

    3. I generally use a bunch of different Word templates, and need the Autotext entries to work in all of them, which was happening before, but now it won't. Is there any way I can get it to work like that again?

    (I'm using Word 2013, Windows 8.)

    Any help desperately needed and much appreciated!

    Tuesday, September 30, 2014 11:12 AM


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  • Cross posted on the Microsoft Community Forum

    Kind Regards, Rich ... http://greatcirclelearning.com

    Tuesday, September 30, 2014 5:17 PM
  • Answered in cross-post here.

    Charles Kenyon Madison, WI

    • Marked as answer by George123345 Monday, October 6, 2014 7:55 AM
    Wednesday, October 1, 2014 8:42 PM
  • Hi,

    I'm glad to hear that you have backup template , and I agree with Charles's suggestion in that thread.

    We would remember backup the Normal.dotm file frequently.


    George Zhao
    TechNet Community Support

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    Monday, October 6, 2014 7:55 AM