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

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  1. macrumors regular

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    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

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

    roadbloc

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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.
     
  4. macrumors regular

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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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