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    JustCallMeAl
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    Workgroup templates path

    I know that in order for the user templates path (governing the location of the normal.dot) to take effect, Word has to close and reopen.

    Is that true for the Workgroup template path? (Word 97, SR2)

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    Re: Workgroup templates path

    When done directly in Word, yes that is the case for the workgroup template path as well.

    If you changed it programatically, not sure; best guess is that the same would apply.

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    Re: Workgroup templates path

    Not meaning to be contradictory, but I haven't found that to be the case. We have changed our workgroup template path in order to utilize templates on a shared network drive. Immediately afterwards, we execute File, New, and the network files are immediately available, and the subfolders appear as tabs in the File > New dialog. I have found this to be the case both in Word 97 and 2000, and I've found it to be the case both with the User Template and Workgroup Template paths.
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    Re: Workgroup templates path

    I was able (Word 97) to confirm what you stated about the Workgroup template path. However, for the user template path (and there, I am specifically dealing with the location of the normal.dot), I still stand by my original statement of having to exit Word and restart Word.

    In my test which I just ran, I have a "custom" normal.dot (IOW, a lot of macros in it) at one location. At another, is a plain normal.dot....no macros. When I changed the user template path to the no-macro normal.dot, and then looked to choose a macro, all the macros from the custom normal.dot were there. I then exited Word and restarted Word and there were no macros. I then tried the other direction, and the results were the same. In order for the correct normal.dot to be recognized, you have to exit and restart Word.

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    Re: Workgroup templates path

    I agree with your statement regarding the location of normal.dot and the User Template path. Although the User Template path is changed, changes to normal.dot are normally not saved until the user exits Word, so you would have to, in effect, exit and restart Word for changes to take effect (although I wonder what would happen if you used SaveAll).

    However, the User Template path also refers to the default location where the user saves templates which they have created (and, the ones that are listed in the File, New dialog, along with the Workgroup templates). And, in that instance, any change to the User Template path takes effect immediately.
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    Re: Workgroup templates path

    For an explanation as to why you need to restart Word for the macros Normal.dot to recognized: Normal.dot is considered a global template so it loads when Word starts.

    So the User Templates Path is available immediately, e.g. Saving/Opening, but global templates are not.
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    Re: Workgroup templates path

    Thanks - I stand corrected. <img src=/S/blush.gif border=0 alt=blush width=15 height=15>

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