Over the years, there have been numerous postings complaining about receiving a message that Normal.dot has changed, when nothing has been done to cause such a change.
In my case, since I have deceived myself into believing that I know a bit about Word VBA, I keep tight control of my Word templates.
Normal.dot is set to Read-Only, except when I fell like doing something to the template.
I had not changed the template since 16 Nov 2003.
I have two global templates, the last change was 20 March 2004.
On 2 April 2004, I was editing Word documents and did not receive the changed Normal.dot message.
Today, I opened, and immediately closed, Word, and got the nefarious message. So something has occurred since 2 April 2004.
Normal.dot was still read-only.
So I decided to recreate Normal.dot as follows:
1. Renamed the current Normal as OldNormal.
2. Copied NormalCleanNoAutoText2003.dot to Normal.dot.
3. Started Word and used the Organizer to copy macros, styles, autotext and toolbars from OldNormal to the new Normal.
Whilst doing this copying, I noticed that OldNormal had a blank (or null) autotext entry as the first autotext entry.
I did not create that entry.
It would seem that is just the type of entry that might get created if there were some bug in Word.
Has anybody seen this before?
Tonight, I'll try to remember to run a full auntie virus scan, as I guess some playful virus could remove the read-only setting, add the spurious autotext entry and then restore the read-only setting, but I doubt this.