Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Word in Office 365. If you are using an earlier version (Word 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Word, click here: Easily Backing Up AutoText Entries.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated March 27, 2019)
The Building Blocks feature of Word is very powerful in concept; it allows you to create reusable document elements (similar to the concept of "boilerplate" text) that you can use over and over again. As you continually add Building Blocks to Word, you may wonder if there is a way to back them up so that you don't lose all your hard work.
Building Blocks are stored in templates, all of which contain the DOTX or DOTM filename extension. If you want to make sure that you back up all your Building Blocks, just make sure that you back up all your templates. A quick search in Windows (outside of Word) will help you discover where those templates are stored on your system.
You'll want to pay particular attention to a special template created by Word, called BUILDING BLOCKS.DOTX. This template is designated as Word's overall Building Block template. This template is stored in a special folder where Word may store other document-related Building Block templates. This folder is called (oddly enough) "Document Building Blocks" and can be located with a quick Windows search. Normally it is located here:
C:\Users\user name\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Document Building Blocks
The user name portion of the path will vary by system and, possibly, by version of Windows. Once you locate the folder, make sure you copy anything in it to your backup media.
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