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    Normal.dot (2002/XP)

    Morning All (Sydney time...),

    I have a very specific set of requirements for my normal.dot and, to stop Word adding things to it, I have always made (in previous versions) had my normal.dot write protected.

    I have done this in Word 2002 and unchecked the tools-options-save-"prompt to save normal template".

    I now get a message saying "Word cannot save changes to the global template because it was opened with read-only access. Do you want to save the changes in a template with a different name?"

    I'd much rather this didn't pop-up each time I exit Word - I simply don't want *any* changes made to normal.dot. Ever. Period.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Cheers,

    Stuart

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    Re: Normal.dot (2002/XP)

    Stuart,

    A completely different approach to this problem is to not use your Normal template as the place where you localize all of your required customizations - instead use a global template that's put in the Startup directory to control your environment settings, and use a custom 'attached' template to control your document-specific settings.
    That way you don't have to worry about preserving the customizations in your Normal.dot.

    But in any case, you could try putting this code into your Normal.dot, not sure if it will work, but worth a try:

    <pre>Sub AutoExit()
    NormalTemplate.Saved = True
    End Sub
    </pre>


    Gary

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    Re: Normal.dot (2002/XP)

    Some people start Word with a batch file that overwrites the current Normal.dot with a clean backup. Then you don't have to care so much what Word decides to add, since it's not long for this world.

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    Re: Normal.dot (2002/XP)

    Thanks Gents,

    I tried the exit routine but it didn't seem to work. Maybe I'm doing something wrong. I'm starting to get the feeling that I'm using the normal template in the wrong way?...

    Interesting idea about the batch file...

    I actually never use the standard normal.dot template to create any documents - I've set up various report/letter templates that I use - what I'm trying to stop is normal.dot increasing in size and (I don't know how it happens but...) copying other styles/formatting to other documents.

    Anyone like to give me some pointers?

    Cheers,

    Stuart <img src=/S/help.gif border=0 alt=help width=23 height=15>

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    Re: Normal.dot (2002/XP)

    As a general rule, a document based on say, MyLetter.dot, should not inherit styles from Normal.dot that were not in MyLetter.dot. However, Styles misbehavior has been a frequent topic here, including discussion of an option to "automatically update" either the template, or documents now attached to templates, when you either make changes to the Style in the document, or vice versa... I haven't followed the details closely because I avoid as much of that kind of automation as possible. Hope you find the answer in one of those threads, or that a knowledgeable Lounger will offer additional guidance.

    As for the batch file approach, it can be simple:

    Sample word.bat for Word 2000

    @ECHO OFF
    REM Copy clean Normal.dot over whatever's there before starting Word
    copy c:cleandotnormal.dot c:yourpathtemplatesnormal.dot
    "c:Program FilesMicrosoft OfficeOfficewinword.exe"

    Hope this helps.

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    Re: Normal.dot (2002/XP)

    If you want to start over with a fresh normal.dot. All you have to do is copy the special one you have now with all your changes and save it as say own.dot or personal.dot or my.dot and then delete the normal.dot. When word opens and does not find the normal.dot it will automatically create it for you.

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    Re: Normal.dot (2002/XP)

    Stuart,

    Just specifically on the issue of why your Normal.dot is ballooning in size, the very first culprit to look for is some sort of third-party Word add-in - are you running any add-ins of this kind? If so, you might try temporarily disabling them and seeing if that has any effect on the Normal.dot problem.

    Gary

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