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    Hello.
    If there is a global Normal.dot, does this override the local Normal.dot? How would someone
    use their local Normal.dot in preference?
    Thanks, Andy.

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    Word looks in your personal Normal.dot (in your user templates folder) for styles, autotext entries, macros and keyboard/toolbar customizations before looking in global templates (including a Normal.dot in other locations than your user templates folder).

    My personal preference is to have only one template named Normal.dot, and to give other global templates different names.

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    Thank you.
    So if, for example, I wanted to change the default font for everyone I would need to
    distribute a new copy of Normal.dot and get people to replace their own Normal.dot?
    Andy.

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    Normal.dot is meant as a "personal" default template - it doesn't only contain styles, but also formatted autocorrect entries, autotext entries, macros, toolbar and keyboard customizations. So it is not a good idea to replace users' Normal.dot template - they'd lose all their customizations.

    If you want people to use certain fonts etc., I'd create companywide templates (for example a letter template, a memo template, a report template, ...) and make those available in a network folder. If users set their workgroup templates folder to this network folder (this can be done automatically by a group policy), the company templates will be available when they click "General Templates..." in the New Document task pane.

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    Thank you - exactly what I needed to know. Andy.

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