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Where's my Normal.dotm template?

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#1 NormanR


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Posted 27 January 2010 - 05:50 AM

HI There,

For some strange reason I cannot find the Normal.dotm template as I wish to alter it's default values. I have followed Word's help as below but can't find the template (or any other *.dotm template).

Change the Normal.dotm template
Any changes that you make to Normal.dotm will be applied to documents that you create in the future.

Click the Microsoft Office Button , and then click Open.
Do one of the following:
In Windows Vista:
Click Templates, and then double-click the Normal.dotm file to open it.

In Microsoft Windows XP or Microsoft Windows Server 2003:
Click Templates next to File name.

If no templates are listed in the Open dialog box, click the arrow next to the Files of type box, and then click All Word Templates.
To be certain that you're working in the default template, check to see that Normal.dotm appears in the Word title bar.
Make any changes that you want to the fonts, margins, spacing, and other settings. You can use the same commands and features that you use to change a document — but remember that any changes that you make to Normal.dotm will be applied to documents that you create in the future.
When you have finished, click the Microsoft Office Button, and then click Save.
Note If Normal.dotm is renamed, damaged, or moved, Word automatically creates a new version (which uses the original default settings) the next time that you start Word. The new version will not include any of the customizations that you made to the version that you renamed or moved.

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I have several templates as *.dotx format from previous versions of Word. I am using Word 2007 with Vista. It must be somewhere as I can create new docs but for some inexplicable reason they are created in a different format to that which I have previously done. HELP!!!!

Norman R

Edited by NormanR, 27 January 2010 - 05:51 AM.


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Posted 30 January 2010 - 08:23 PM

Have you tried a search for normal.dotm?

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#3 NormanR


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Posted 31 January 2010 - 03:34 AM

Hello, Yes I have searched for Normal.dotm but it wasn't found. However, I have cured my problem I'm pleased to say. Thanks for your help. Regards, Norman R

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Posted 10 June 2010 - 08:09 PM

Norman R, No fairs! Please tell me what you did to fix it. I'm trying to recover a document by changing the template and I can't find Normal.dotm anywhere, nor can I create it. What did you do?? G in Montana

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Posted 12 June 2010 - 02:31 AM

Until NormanR posts back, have a look here:
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#6 Matisse


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Posted 09 December 2011 - 01:38 PM

I read an article on how to delete and restore Normal.dotm, AND where to find the Normal.dotm on your system.

The location of that folder varies in different Windows version, so the quickest way to find it is to enter this string in the search or run box in the Start Menu:


Link to article: http://www.pcmag.com...53D5,00.asp?p=n

Hopes this helps.

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