.OFFICEUI File Recovery

Have files been deleted due to a user’s error or software error? Have you formatted a disk by accident and need to know how to recover the files? Read our .OFFICEUI file recovery guide for Windows, MacOS, Android and IOS in 2023.

OFFICEUI File Recovery

What is a .OFFICEUI file?

Customization file used by Microsoft Office, a document production suite; contains XML code that customizes ribbons in Microsoft Office; includes code that defines custom tabs, commands, groups, etc. that make up the Microsoft Office UI.

What Are Common Causes of ".OFFICEUI" Files Lost or Failure?

There can be several common causes for ".OFFICEUI" files being lost or experiencing failure:

  1. Accidental deletion: Users may accidentally delete the ".OFFICEUI" files while cleaning up their system or removing unnecessary files.
  2. Software updates: Sometimes, when updating Microsoft Office or other related software, the ".OFFICEUI" files may get overwritten or replaced, leading to their loss or failure.
  3. File corruption: If the ".OFFICEUI" files become corrupted due to system errors, power outages, or malware infections, they may fail to function properly or become inaccessible.
  4. Incompatible software: Installing incompatible software or add-ins can interfere with the functioning of ".OFFICEUI" files, causing them to fail or become unusable.
  5. User profile issues: If there are problems with the user profile or settings, it can result in the loss or failure of ".OFFICEUI" files.
  6. Data migration or transfer: During data migration or transfer processes, the ".OFFICEUI" files may get lost or fail to transfer correctly, leading to their loss or failure.
  7. Hardware failure: If there are hardware issues, such as disk failures or crashes, it can result in the loss or corruption of ".OFFICEUI" files.
  8. Improper shutdown: Forceful shutdowns or system crashes while the ".OFFICEUI" files are in use can lead to their loss or failure.

It is always recommended to regularly backup important files, including ".OFFICEUI" files, to prevent data loss in case of any unforeseen issues.

How to recover lost ".OFFICEUI" files?

Sometimes while working with a computer, laptop or other stationary or mobile devices, you may encounter various bugs, freezes, hardware or software failures, even in spite of regular updates and junk cleaning. As a result, an important ".OFFICEUI" file may be deleted.

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By no means should you think that the only way to recover a ".OFFICEUI" file is always to create it once more.

Use programs for recovering ".OFFICEUI" files if a file was lost after accidental or deliberate deleting, formatting the memory card or the internal storage, cleaning the storage device, after a virus attack or a system failure.

Programs to recover ".OFFICEUI" files

Looking for a way to get files back? In cases when files were deleted and they cannot be restored by using standard operating system tools, use Hetman Partition Recovery.

The tool recovers data from any devices, regardless of the cause of data loss.

Follow the directions below:

  1. Download Hetman Partition Recovery, install and start the program.

  2. The program will automatically scan the computer and display all hard disks and removable drives connected to it, as well as physical and local disks.

    File Recovery Software
  3. Double-click on the disk from which you need to recover ".OFFICEUI" files, and select analysis type.

    Hetman Partition Recovery - Analysis Type
  4. When the scanning is over, you will be shown the files for recovery.

    Hetman Partition Recovery - Files that Can be Restored
  5. To find a file you need, use the program’s interface to open the folder it was deleted from, or go to the folder "Content-Aware Analysis" and select the required file type.

    Hetman Partition Recovery - Deep Scan
  6. Select the files you have been looking for and click "Recovery".

    File Recovery Software - Files List for Recovery
  7. Choose one of the methods for saving the files and recover them.

    Saving recovered files in Hetman Partition Recovery

How to open file with ".OFFICEUI" extension?

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Programs that open ".OFFICEUI" files

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Additional Information

  • File type: Microsoft Office UI Customization File

  • File extension: .OFFICEUI

  • Developer: Microsoft

  • Category: Settings Files

  • Format: XML


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Vladimir Artiukh

Author: Vladimir Artiukh, Technical Writer

Vladimir Artiukh is a technical writer for Hetman Software, as well as the voice and face of their English-speaking YouTube channel, Hetman Software: Data Recovery for Windows. He handles tutorials, how-tos, and detailed reviews on how the company’s tools work with all kinds of data storage devices.

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Editor: Oleg Afonin, Technical Writer

Oleg Afonin is an expert in mobile forensics, data recovery and computer systems. He often attends large data security conferences, and writes several blogs for such resources as xaker.ru, Elcomsoft and Habr. In addition to his online activities, Oleg’s articles are also published in professional magazines. Also, Oleg Afonin is the co-author of a well-known book, Mobile Forensics - Advanced Investigative Strategies.


Questions and answers

  • What is the purpose of the ".OFFICEUI backup" file?

    The ".OFFICEUI backup" file is created by Microsoft Office applications when a user customizes the user interface (UI) settings. It serves as a backup file for the UI customization, allowing users to restore their preferred settings in case they are accidentally changed or lost. This file contains information about the customized ribbon, toolbar, and other UI elements, ensuring that users can revert to their personalized interface layout if needed.

  • How can I restore a ".OFFICEUI backup" file in Microsoft Office?

    To restore a ".OFFICEUI backup" file in Microsoft Office, you can follow these steps:

    1. Open the Microsoft Office application (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint) for which you want to restore the backup file.
    2. Click on the "File" tab located in the upper-left corner of the application window.
    3. From the dropdown menu, select "Options" (e.g., "Word Options", "Excel Options", "PowerPoint Options").
    4. In the Options dialog box, navigate to the "Customize Ribbon" or "Quick Access Toolbar" section (the exact name may vary depending on the Office application).
    5. Look for a button or link that says "Import/Export" or "Import customization file".
    6. Click on the "Import/Export" or "Import customization file" button/link.
    7. In the "Import/Export Settings" dialog box, select the option to "Import customization file".
    8. Browse to the location where you have saved the ".OFFICEUI backup" file on your computer.
    9. Select the backup file and click "Open" to import it.
    10. The backup file will be restored, and you should see the previous customization settings for the ribbon or toolbar.

    Please note that the steps may vary slightly depending on the version of Microsoft Office you are using.

  • Are there any risks or limitations associated with using ".OFFICEUI backup" files for restoring customizations in Office applications?

    Yes, there are some risks and limitations associated with using ".OFFICEUI backup" files for restoring customizations in Office applications. Here are a few:

    1. Compatibility: ".OFFICEUI backup" files may not be compatible with different versions of Office applications. If you try to restore customizations from an older version of Office to a newer version, there might be compatibility issues, and the customizations may not work as intended.
    2. Incomplete restoration: While restoring customizations using ".OFFICEUI backup" files, there is a possibility of incomplete restoration. Some settings or customizations may not be restored properly, leading to inconsistencies in the user interface or functionality.
    3. Limited scope: ".OFFICEUI backup" files only store user interface customizations, such as toolbar settings, ribbon customizations, or Quick Access Toolbar modifications. They do not capture other aspects like macros, templates, or add-ins. Therefore, if you rely heavily on these elements, you may not be able to restore them using ".OFFICEUI backup" files alone.
    4. Loss of existing customizations: When restoring customizations using ".OFFICEUI backup" files, it overwrites the existing settings. If you have made any recent customizations that you want to keep, they will be lost during the restoration process.
    5. User-specific customizations: ".OFFICEUI backup" files are specific to individual users and their profiles. If you try to restore customizations from one user to another, it may not work correctly or may cause conflicts with the existing settings of the target user.

    To mitigate these risks and limitations, it is recommended to create regular backups of all customizations and settings using appropriate methods provided by the Office applications, which offer more comprehensive backup and restore options.

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