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    ~$Normal.dot (2003/SP3)

    This post is a consequence of <!post=this,737020>this<!/post> post in the VBA forum. Since the focus has shifted totally to Word I have switched.
    On my system:

    <UL><LI>Normal.dot is located in <UserProfile>Application DataMicrosoftTemplates;
    <LI>When Word is launched, ~$Normal.dot is created in the same folder;
    <LI>When Word is closed, ~$Normal.dot is deleted.
    <LI>If Word crashes, ~$Normal.dot is not deleted.
    <LI>When Word is launched, if ~$Normal.dot is pre-existing it is neither replaced, nor is a new ~$Normal.dot created in elsewhere on the C: drive; and it is not deleted when Word is closed.[/list] If this behaviour is normal, my little head believes that ~$Normal.dot will never again be available to Word until the user manually deletes the copy which was left behind after the crash.

    1. <LI>Is the behaviour which I described, normal?
      <LI>Am I correct in my analysis?
      <LI>What purpose does ~$Normal.dot serve?
    T.I.A.
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    Re: ~$Normal.dot (2003/SP3)

    ~$Normal.dot stores information about the user who opened Normal.dot. This prevents another user from overwriting the template while the user listed in the file has it open. I don't know why Word doesn't clean up old files, but they do not seem to cause a problem for me. Perhaps if I shared this computer it would be a different story.

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    Re: ~$Normal.dot (2003/SP3)

    The behavior that you describe is the "normal" behavior for Word.
    Word seems to operate without problems if there is a left-behind ~$Normal.dot that is never deleted.
    Jefferson has already explained its purpose, but in addition: whenever you open a document or template/add-in in Word, the application will create a file ~$nnn.doc or ~$nnn.dot in the same folder, where nnn is the name of the document (possibly truncated); this file stores your username.

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    Thank you both.

    Jefferson and Hans
    Thank you both for the insight into the workings of Word.
    Regards
    Don

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