Why do some AutoCorrect Lists (.acl) have Chinese characters/weird characters/special characters in the name?

Posted on 2014-08-05
Last Modified: 2014-08-14

- Users on our network use Microsoft 2007
- weird .acl filenames are being found within the network shares and user's personal directories
- Not all .acl filenames have weird characters in them (i.e. MSO1033.acl)
- Checked the following Microsoft Word settings on a user's workstation:

Ribbon --> Word Options --> Popular --> Language Settings:

Enabled editing Languages = English (US)
Primary editing Languages = English (US)

Question: Is this normal?
Question by:jslaught
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    Accepted Solution

    jslaught --
    Perhaps of help.
    'When you type a space or press ENTER, the background AutoCorrect feature tries to correct the spelling or grammar of a word or to add special symbols instead of some characters. The AutoCorrect list (ACL) stores a list of what words or characters to act upon, and what to substitute for them.

     If this ACL file is damaged, a problem occurs when Word tries to access the ACL file. To correct this problem, back up the AutoCorrect list for your computer. Rename each of the .acl files, and then restart Word the way that you typically do."


    .acl files are difficult to read.  A macro is offered here.
    I have never used it.

    Author Closing Comment

    it's an explanation we can accept although not really knowing how it originated with the weird characters.

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