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    'Save Preview' option (Word 2000)

    Where is the "Save Preview" option in the Save As dialog box when you're saving a template?

    In Duncan Mackenzie's book, Word 2000 VBA (top of page 133, paperback edition), he says that when you're creating a template, if you want the user to see a preview image of the template in the "New" dialog box (when the user clicks File > New), you must remember to check "Save Preview" when you save the template.

    Where is this "Save Preview" option? I've looked everywhere I can think of and can't find it. And I couldn't find any mention of it in my Word 2000 manual. <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20>

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    Re: 'Save Preview' option (Word 2000)

    I bet you didn't think of the Summary tab of the File > Properties dialog. (I always turn it off to minimize file size, but for a template, I guess it makes sense.)

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    Re: 'Save Preview' option (Word 2000)

    As usual, Jefferson, you got it. Thanks for your continued help.

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    Re: 'Save Preview' option (Word 2000)

    Hi Russ:
    However, I wouldn't use the option. It's misleading. If you Save preview picture & go to File/Open using Preview mode, you will see a page from your template or document. But, you won't be able to read any of it or distinguish documents using it. Now try the same thing without saving the preview picture. The print will be large & you can scroll through the document.
    Cheers,

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    Re: 'Save Preview' option (Word 2000)

    Phil, the only time I'd use it is with templates. Based on the tests I did, the only way you can get a preview with a template is if you save the template with the "Save Preview" option checked. It says "Preview not available" if you don't. Unfortunately, the preview picture is tiny, like you said.

    I wouldn't use it with a document for the very reason you mention.

    If you know of a way to get the preview of a template to display in large format, I'd like to know.

    Thanks for your input.

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    Re: 'Save Preview' option (Word 2000)

    Phil,

    I was only talking about when someone clicks File > New when I said the only way to get a preview was to have saved the template with the Save Preview option checked.

    Yes, when I do a File > Open, the template does show a large-size preview.

    I tried making an AutoText entry out of the first page of the template and naming it Gallery Example. It did indeed show up in the Style Gallery, but in the preview window it just said, "There is no example for this template."

    I wasn't able to unzip your file. I'm at the office and I guess we don't have the program to do that. I scrolled through the "Open With" list, but didn't see anything that looked like what it takes. (I'm not sure what the name of the required program is -- I assume it's something with "Zip" in the name?)

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    Re: 'Save Preview' option (Word 2000)

    I don't have Word 2000, but in both Word 97 and Word 2002 aka XP, a new document inherits the "Save Preview Picture" setting from the template it is based on. In Word 97, this caused horrible document bloat; Word 2002 is much better in this respect, but still, document size increases.

    The "Save Preview Picture" setting is not exposed in the Word Object Model, so it isn't easy to turn it off in a macro.

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    Re: 'Save Preview' option (Word 2000)

    Hi Russ:
    I had glossed over the "File/New...) in your first post. You are correct. There's no use looking at the attachment (which was created with winzip), as the AutoText entries won't give you a preview picture in the File/New box. Too bad there isn't a way to get a large view of a template in File/New (and without a document inheriting the bloat). I'll remove the attachment.

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    Re: 'Save Preview' option (Word 2000)

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by Phil Rabichow on 03-Oct-03 09:14. to add that I've removed the attachment for the reason specified in Post: 299411.)</P>Hi Russ:
    On my machine (Win98), Word 2000, it does. Here's a template called Orangefont.dot (don't ask me what I was thinking when I experimented with it). I don't have Save preview picture checked. I can see the field on the first page if I go to File/Open (not File/New). Also, I know that If you select the first page of the template & make an AutoText entry out of it called "Gallery Example", it shows in the examples of the Style Gallery. Let me know if this works for you.
    Cheers,

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    Re: 'Save Preview' option (Word 2000)

    Phil, your last reply came after I reached the end of my shift on Thursday. I'm not in on Fridays, so it's now Sunday (a regular workday for me).

    It is odd that there seems to be no way to get a decent-sized preview for a template using File > New. Guess I'll add a magnifying glass to my Word toolbelt.

    Thanks for your input.

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