Blog/20160806 Upgrading Word to 2016

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1 Upgrading Word to 2016

Using MS Word on Mac for some work. I've been on 10.7 for a while, and LibreOffice didn't support docx, so started using Word 2011. Word 2016 wasn't compatible with 10.7 either.

Having recently upgraded from Mac OS 10.7 to 10.11, I explored LibreOffice, but similar to the age-old problem of list icons (that never worked when switching between OO and Word) there is an issue around quotation marks, which (on documents imported from Word) don't display properly in LibreOffice. Ho hum.

So exploring Word 2016. My biggest gripe is this: Using OO, I had not lost a document in a probably decade. Whenever OO crashed, it just recovered the documents - no special settings required.

When starting to use Word 2011 about a year ago, I promptly lost some documents. And guess what, having upgraded to Word 2016, the same happened again.

1.1 Setting up your preferences

Essential steps:

  • Go to Preferences > Save ("Save options"), and
    • enabled "Always create backup copy"
    • Change "Save AutoRecover info" to 1 minute (or as you prefer)
  • Then go to Preferences > File locations and add a path under "AutoRecover files"

Incredibly, within both Word 2011 and 2016, if no directory path is added in the last step, no auto recovery can take place!

Ironically, I lost work when word crashed while I was adjusting the backup settings.

How many decades of Word now, and we're still loosing files?!

1.2 Fixing keyboard shortcuts

The above also shows that settings from Word 2011 are not imported into Word 2016. The same issue is true for Normal.dotm as a whole, which also contains your keyboard shortcuts. It seems that the problem can be solved by copying the Word 2016 Normal.dotm found here

Library/Application Support/Microsoft/Office/User Templates/
Library/Application Support/Microsoft/Office/User Templates/My Templates/

to this location

Library/Group Containers/XXX.Office/User Content.localized/Templates.localized/

Seems to work so far - but you might be best off saving the Word 2016 Normal.dotm template first.

Update: Keep your normal.dot safe: Seems that Word forgot my settings, and I recovered the settings from

Library/Group Containers/XXX.Office/User Content.localized/Templates.localized/Normal



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