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    Odd Template Behavior - Update (XP)

    In <post#=233041>post 233041</post#>, Phil and Pieter were helping me find the answer to an odd
    problem: Word trying to save a template as a document. Good news:

    I found the problem. In Word 2002, there's a new setting on the Tools | Options
    | Save tab page: "Make local copy..." (maybe it's in Word 2000 as well, I don't
    know). I unchecked that box and now template saves work properly.

    Beats me what's going on here. Anybody know how that setting is supposed to work?
    Kevin <IMG SRC=http://www.wopr.com/w3tuserpics/Kevin_sig.gif alt="Keep the change, ya filthy animal...">
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    Re: Odd Template Behavior - Update (XP)

    Hi Kevin:
    It doesn't exist in Word 2000. If you press Shift+F1 & click on the option, does it give an explanation? It sounds like it makes a copy of the template without any features that enable it to be used as a global template, but I'm guessing.

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    Re: Odd Template Behavior - Update (XP)

    The "Make Local Copy of Files Stored on Network or Removable Drives" setting in Word 2002 is meant to avoid problems with slow or problematic network connections. As you know, when you open a document, Word always creates a temporary file in the same folder. If you lose the connection to this temporary file, the document itself may get corrupted - see WD2002: Unexpected Characters Are Added to Your Document.

    The idea of storing a local copy is that the temporary file will be created locally too, so there is no danger of losing the connection to it. When you save the document, it is saved to the original on the network drive.

    This means that Word must perform some sleight-of-hand to switch between the original document and the local copy. I suspect that at some point, Word requests Windows to re-open the original in order to be able to save it. The default action associated with a template is to create a new document based on it, so you end up with a document instead of a template. Unfortunately, I can't change the default action to Open instead of New where I am now, so I can't test this. An indication that supports my guess is that the window caption changes from MyTemplate.dot to Document1.

    If my assumption is correct, it seems to be a botched implementation.

    Note: versioning (which I avoid anyway) also doesn't work with the "Make Local Copy of Files Stored on Network or Removable Drives" setting. see WD2002: Document Version Information Unavailable.

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    Re: Odd Template Behavior - Update (XP)

    Thanks for this information, Hans. I shall file it away. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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