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    Templates (Word 2000SR1a)

    Just created my first Word template (by modifying an existing one) and saved it as xxx. I can find my template by going to File/New... under the General tab. However, it is listed as xxx.dot, while all the MS templates are missing the .dot suffix. My questions: Can I somehow change this behavior so that my templates drop the .dot suffix? Further, can my template be displayed as "My Template" instead of "xxx.dot"?

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    Re: Templates (Word 2000SR1a)

    I would guess that you have display of extensions of known file types turned off. This is NOT a good idea. It is always wise to see the extension of ALL files. Several e-mail viruses that caused havoc last year relied on the assumption that users wouldn't see a potentially dangerous extension.
    To change this:
    Quit Word and start Window Explorer.
    Select View/Folder Options... or Tools/Folder Options... (depending on your version of Windows you might have one or both of these).
    In the View tab, there is an option "Hide file extensions for known file types". Make sure this option is OFF (unchecked).
    Now, navigate to the folder where your template is stored. If you don't know where it is, use Start/Find/Files or Folders to locate it. How is the name displayed? xxx.dot or xxx.dot.dot? Anyhow, rename it to "My Template.dot" (without the quotes, and replacing My Template by the name you want).
    Start Word again. All templates should display the .dot extension now (wizards have a .wiz extension).

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    Re: Templates (Word 2000SR1a)

    Thanks Hans, but I guess I didn't explain the issue clearly enough. One of the first things I do when setting up a system is to ensure all file extensions are displayed along with system files, hidden files etc. So that is not the issue here. Using windows explorer I can find all the *.dot and *.wiz files on my system.

    My problem is this: I start Word (2000 in my case). I click "File" and select "New...". On the "General" tab of the "New" dialog box that pops up I find three templates. One is the template I created (labeled xxx.dot), one labeled as "Blank Document" and another identified as "Web Page". Viewing the properties of "Blank Document", I find that this is really "normal.dot". (Can't get to the properties for "Web Page"!!??).

    What I would like is to have my template labeled as "xxx" or "My xxx" instead of "xxx.dot", just as "Blank Document" is displayed instead of "normal.dot". Is this possible, or is this feature (?) not available.

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    Re: Templates (Word 2000SR1a)

    Hi Paul,

    I'm afraid you can't do that. Word always displays Blank Document and Web Page items in File/New..., even is there is no Normal.dot. Something similar holds for Excel, PowerPoint etc. All other items in this dialog display the actual file names, and I don't think you can change that. Sorry.

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    Re: Templates (Word 2000SR1a)

    Hi Hans,

    You're the bearer of bad news but I won't hold that against you <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15> . It's disappointing that all MS supplied templates and wizards in this dialog box drop the .dot and .wiz suffixes but user templates cannot. One wonders why...

    Thanks anyway.

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    Re: Templates (Word 2000SR1a)

    I think that the templates that Word displays in that dialog get their attributes from a registry key. There was a recent thread that discussed this because someone wanted to know where the tab names came from in that dialog.

    If you really knew what you were doing in the registry, it should be possible to do the same for your XXX template. I've had a look at the registry and decided that I don't need to know that badly.
    Andrew Lockton, Chrysalis Design, Melbourne Australia

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    Re: Templates (Word 2000SR1a)

    Thanks, Andrew. I took a quick look at the thread you pointed out and the MSKB article referenced there. This may be the answer I'm looking for and, like you, I may want to back off.

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