I need to remove and reinstall MS Office but want to retain files and settings - especially Outlook. Can I do it?

For some time I have been using MS Office 2013 on my laptop, but it is a volume license linked to a network I can no longer access. When I did my free Windows 10 upgrade my MS Office was not able to activate so I have now purchased a new retail license. The vendor advised me to remove my existing MS Office and install a new one rather than just try to change the activation key.

I know I can save the pst file and point the new installation back to my old PST file for MS Outlook but are there any other files and/or settings I should save before removing my old Office and installing the new one?
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Larry Struckmeyer MVPCommented:

That could be a pretty extensive list depending on the number of customizations you have done.  A little searching of the 'net turns up this:


Most people would miss the auto complete email address feature, but I don't think you would lose that one unless the OL profile is lost or corrupted.  But there are other tweaks to each of the programs that can make it a long process to get back to where you were.
usually, the uninstall of the application will leave your personal files/settings.

back user profile, before hand.

Look at the jelly bean and see whether you can use your retail Key to activate the installed version or use the retail to repair the installed version....l

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Rob4077Author Commented:
Thanks for your replies. I decided to try to see if it would leave the personal files/settings as suggested and it appears to have done so. I will use the list provided in the link as a check. Thanks.
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