Move "Microsoft User Data" of office 2011 out of user "Document" folder

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  1. macrumors regular

    Jan 15, 2008
    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.
  2. macrumors regular

    Aug 23, 2007
    Or for that matter, move it to another hard drive completely?
  3. macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
    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.
  4. macrumors regular

    Aug 23, 2007

    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:

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

    Let me know if you encounter any problems.
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    Oct 27, 2009
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    Jan 9, 2007

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