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    New Blank Document? (Word 2000/Windows XP)

    Somehow I have managed to assign a typed report to my new blank document template. If I delete the normal.dot file, all of my macros go along with it. This is the second time that I have done this now. The first time that I did this, I had to recreate all of my macros. Can someone please tell me how I am doing this and most importantly, how do I return the normal blank template back to its normal state so that all of my macros function normally?

    Thank you for your help,
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    Re: New Blank Document? (Word 2000/Windows XP)

    >> Can someone please tell me how I am doing this?

    I can't, but I recommend that you check "Prompt to save Normal.dot" in the Save tab of the Tools | Options... dialog. Whenever you have changed something to Normal.dot, you'll be asked whether you want to save changes when you quit Word. Reply No if you inadvertently changed something.

    >> How do I return the normal blank template back to its normal state so that all of my macros function normally?

    Probably the simplest method is to open Normal.dot directly in Word, and delete its contents, then close and save it.

    Another method would be to rename Normal.dot to, say, NormalOld.dot (while Word is not active). Then start Word, open NormalOld.dot, select Tools | Templates and Add-ins...., click Organizer... and copy your macros from NormalOld.dot to Normal.dot.

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    Re: New Blank Document? (Word 2000/Windows XP)

    Thank you Hans for your help. It is once again working, THANKFULLY! <img src=/S/clapping.gif border=0 alt=clapping width=19 height=23>

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    Re: New Blank Document? (Word 2000/Windows XP)

    One more suggestion. Make backup copies of your normal.dot, especially if you keep macros, Autotext, etc. in it. That way if it corrupts, at least you don't lose everything. Personally, I keep 4 backups named normal.bk1...bk4.
    Cheers,

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    Re: New Blank Document? (Word 2000/Windows XP)

    Hi Phil,

    I just did this, but am now wondering what I will need to do with them should I run into the same problem in the future. Do I just copy the backup normal.dot over the existing one if this problem recurs? Also, I made a backup copy of my macros, but I am guessing that I won't need to recopy them in this same instance, as they are already contained within the normal.dot. Am I correct in assuming this?

    Thank you for your help and suggestions. I encounter something new every day.

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    Re: New Blank Document? (Word 2000/Windows XP)

    Hi Atelby:
    What I do is keep backup copies of normal.dot & of any custom template that I make. Also, you should the option under Tools/Options/General/Prompt to save normal.dot (wording is slightly different depending upon version). If I'm knowingly making a change to a template, I make another backup when I'm finished. If something goes wrong, you then have a backup.

    To restore a backup (I keep them in the same folder as the original template), just either delete your original template or rename it with a non used extension (e.g. normal.old), & then rename your backup from e.g. normal.bk2 to normal.dot (with Word closed). All your macros will be contained within your template & their backups. However, it doesn't hurt to have a document that lists the code separately. It might help if something happens to your template & you want to modify the code or post it so someone else can look at it.
    Cheers,

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    Re: New Blank Document? (Word 2000/Windows XP)

    Thanks for the good ideas Phil. I had saved my backup copy in a separate file, but I'm now going to move it into the same place so that I will be able to find it should the time come.

    I had changed the save option to prompt me for saving the normal template. However, this is really annoying every time I exit Word, so I changed it back. It is probably a very good thing that I have a backup copy now, as I will probably accidently change my normal.dot again in the near future.

    Boy, I can't wait for the day when I feel comfortable working with this program. <img src=/S/time.gif border=0 alt=time width=23 height=39>

    Atelby

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    Re: New Blank Document? (Word 2000/Windows XP)

    >> However, this is really annoying every time I exit Word

    If you get prompted each time you exit Word, your Normal.dot must contain something that gets updated during each session, for example a date field. I only get the prompt when I've been playing around with the macros in Normal.dot, or with toolbars, AutoText etc. In those cases I find it very useful to be able to decide whether to save changes or not. If I'm just "using" Word, I never get prompted to save Normal.dot.

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    Re: New Blank Document? (Word 2000/Windows XP)

    Good point Hans. I do add macros every day, which must be why I am prompted to save. I guess I need to check this feature again.

    Thanks for the pointer,
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