We are about to upgrade from Office 2010 to 2016 (including Outlook). Our IT dept says this requires an uninstall of 2010 because of the way our license bundling works. My question is: how do I preserve as much of my current set-up as possible during the transfer? I want to save such settings as preferences, styles, recent documents, templates, email signatures & settings, etc.

How much can be saved? Is there a guide for copying, saving and/or exporting my current Office 2010 settings and bringing them back into Office 2016?

UPDATE: Post install, I have lost custom styles in Word as well as pinned & recent files.

Notes: The new installation will initially be on Windows 7 (upgrade to Windows 10 will follow within 6 months). The existing installation is on Microsoft Exchange with active directory. New installation will be on Exchange + One Drive

  • Your IT department should take care of all of that as part of the migration process. If they don't then fire them ;) – DavidPostill May 10 '16 at 17:15
  • While you can some of those settings, things like recent documents, can't be kept. This seems like a question for your IT Department, anything that can be saved, would require them. – Ramhound May 10 '16 at 17:15
  • They said they're not supporting any sort of transfer of settings and I should expect a complete wipe and refresh. They also said I was welcome to try on my own and let them know how it worked. – Nick D'Amato May 10 '16 at 17:17
  • Your email signatures are based on your profile, which will be kept, after the upgrade. templates you might have used will still exist, you might have to make Office 2016 aware of them, but they will still exist. Recent documents list will be wiped for obvious reasons. More specific examples of what your looking to save would be required to comment on those. – Ramhound May 10 '16 at 17:22
  • This answer might be helpful...How to migrate Microsoft Office settings – CharlieRB May 10 '16 at 19:04

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