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Old Nov 19, 2010, 11:20 AM   #1
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Move "Microsoft User Data" of office 2011 out of user "Document" folder

In Office 2008, you can move "Microsoft User Data" in "Documents" folder to "~/Library/Preferences/".
In office 2011, this trick does not work. Whenever I move "Microsoft User Data" to "~/Library/Preferences/", it will be re-created in "Documents" again.
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Old Dec 2, 2010, 12:37 PM   #2
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Or for that matter, move it to another hard drive completely?
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Old Dec 2, 2010, 01:02 PM   #3
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With Office 2004, you could simply move it to the library/application support folder and it would stay there. But since 2008, it creates a new Microsoft User Data folder in your documents folder.

This is one of the reasons I ditched 2008 and moved to iWork.
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Old Dec 3, 2010, 12:15 AM   #4
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Solution:

Place the Microsoft User Data in any location you choose and create a symbolic link that is placed in the Documents folder. Make sure it is a symbolic link and not just an alias because otherwise you may encounter some problems in the future.

You can do this with a command line or use this service:
http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/10433/symboliclinker

You'll have to rebuild Identities for Outlook (Outlook will do this automatically), but nothing will be changed.

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Let me know if you encounter any problems.
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Old Dec 13, 2010, 05:06 AM   #5
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On my MBP using Office 2011 this worked perfectly, no alias or symblinks required.

http://blog.nydanny.com/technology/g...r-data-folder/
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Old Dec 16, 2010, 10:49 AM   #6
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On my MBP using Office 2011 this worked perfectly, no alias or symblinks required.

http://blog.nydanny.com/technology/g...r-data-folder/
Same here! BTW, I use the the German version of Office 2011. Thanks for confirming this and providing the URL, grapii.
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