Microsoft KB Archive/169968

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Article ID: 169968

Article Last Modified on 1/20/2007


  • Microsoft Word 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q169968

IMPORTANT: This article contains information about editing the registry. Before you edit the registry, you should first make a backup copy of the registry files (System.dat and User.dat). Both are hidden files in the Windows folder.


Microsoft Word 97 does not have a built-in method of copying a custom label definition from one computer to another, but this may be accomplished by copying the registry key for the definition to another computer.


WARNING: Using Registry Editor incorrectly can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall Windows 95. Microsoft cannot guarantee that problems resulting from the incorrect use of Registry Editor can be solved. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

For information about how to edit the registry, view the Changing Keys And Values online Help topic in Registry Editor (Regedit.exe). Note that you should make a backup copy of the registry files (System.dat and User.dat) before you edit the registry.

To share your custom label settings, follow these steps.

Export Your Custom Label Settings

This procedure exports a registry setting so that you can add it to the registry of another computer.

  1. Click the Start button, and then click Run.
  2. In the Open box, type "regedit" (without the quotation marks) and then click OK to start the Windows registry editor.
  3. Browse to the following registry setting:

         HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\8.0\Word\Custom Labels
  4. In the window on the left, click to select the Custom Labels key.
  5. On the Registry menu, click Export Registry File.
  6. In the Export Registry File dialog box, enter the file name and location in which to save the registry key and click Save.

    NOTE: The registry key is saved in a *.reg file with the name and location you specified.
  7. Copy the registry file you created in step 6 to a floppy disk or to a network location.

Import Your Custom Label Settings to Another Computer

This procedure imports the registry key you exported earlier into the registry of a different computer.

On the computer to which you want to import the custom label settings, use Windows Explorer to locate the *.reg file you created in step 6 earlier, and then double-click the *.reg file. The following message is displayed:

Information in <path\filename.reg> has been successfully entered into the registry.

The custom label settings are now stored in the registry of the other computer, making the custom label settings available in Microsoft Word.


For additional information about creating custom labels, please see the following articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

142965 WD: How to Create and Save Custom Labels in Word

141992 How to Create Mailing Labels Using the Mail Merge Feature

For more information about creating custom labels, click the Office Assistant, type "creating custom labels" (without the quotation marks), click Search, and then click to view the "Change the size of a mailing label" topic.

NOTE: If the Assistant is hidden, click the Office Assistant button on the Standard toolbar. If Word Help is not installed on your computer, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

120802 Office: How to Add/Remove a Single Office Program or Component

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