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    SaveAs default is .dot (2000 SR-1)

    By default, File | SaveAs now seems to offer me ' Document template (*.dot) ' instead of ' Word document (*.doc) '

    What have I done, or - more to the point - how can I get back to a dot-doc-default ?

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    Re: SaveAs default is .dot (2000 SR-1)

    Hi Leif,

    Take a look under Tools/Options/Save and verify the "Save Word files as" is set to Word Document.
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    Re: SaveAs default is .dot (2000 SR-1)

    <img src=/S/bingo.gif border=0 alt=bingo width=15 height=22> (You can tell it's Monday.)
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    Re: SaveAs default is .dot (2000 SR-1)

    This post is one of several that contains instructions on how to delete the Word registry key.

    I have used this trick many times in slapping Word97SR2 back to its proper behaviours wrt dot/doc and other file-related problems.

    Also missing/faulty Headers toolbars and sundry other problems.


    After deleting the data key, I have to reset a few really useful options (Tools, Options, Save and General, from memory), but that's it.


    A year ago I smartened up and (a) deleted the data key (2) reset it the way I liked it and exported that key/value to a *.reg on the desktop.

    Now when Word97SR2 gets out of line, I double-click the file and carry on as if I didn't care; which I don't.

    Hope this helps.

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    Re: SaveAs default is .dot (2000 SR-1)

    If you want more details on what the Data key holds, see this article:
    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.mvps.org/word/FAQs/Customization/DataKeySettings.htm>http://www.mvps.org/word/FAQs/Customizatio...KeySettings.htm</A>

    Also note it contains an alternate method of saving your current user preferences, however the method will not return all preferences as your *.reg file will.
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    Re: SaveAs default is .dot (2000 SR-1)

    > what the Data key holds, see this article:

    Right. been there, done that. Unfortunately, these types of articles really say "These are the areas that can have problems". There is no definition of what/how the individual data values are stored - it's just an in-house binary string.

    Another reason why I detest the registry - it does not allow a programmer to access what is stored there. We have no way, for example, of interrogating the data to determine what files are stored in the MRU, or what toolbars etc.

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    Re: SaveAs default is .dot (2000 SR-1)

    <<Right. been there, done that. Unfortunately, these types of articles really say "These are the areas that can have problems".>>

    Hmm... I don't see anything like that mention in this article....

    <<There is no definition of what/how the individual data values are stored - it's just an in-house binary string.>>

    That's a tough one since MS doesn't document this. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> You're right, there are bits and pieces of this information throughout different KB articles and I believe the author noted that most of the information was "gleaned from observation".
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    Re: SaveAs default is .dot (2000 SR-1)

    > really say "These are the are

    I know. What I meant to say is ".. are worded as if they were saying ....". The tone of the article is backed up, as you point out, that the authour has had to "glean" info.

    My guess is that there once was a cubicle with a serial control sheet, and if you had some scurvy data that you needed to store, you assigned yourself the next available locations from the sheet. That way noone's data trod on anyone's toes.

    Unless someone couldn't read your handwriting, in which case some of the Toolbars data stepped all over the MRU data and MSoft started telling the phone-in callers "Just delete the DATA item and everything will be OK".

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    Re: SaveAs default is .dot (2000 SR-1)

    <<... in which case some of the Toolbars data stepped all over the MRU data and MSoft started telling the phone-in callers "Just delete the DATA item and everything will be OK".>>

    Unfortunately even MS doesn't know what is causing the corruption. When it first started happening they were asking for *.reg samples (just the WordData key only), system configuration, and as many details as you could provide so they could examine them in hopes of determining the problem.

    I think that many times MS phone support will just straight-out recommend rebuilding the Data key and Normal.dot in an effort to resolve the problem even those items really aren't the cause. I agree that suggesting this course of action is many time done unnecessarily.

    Personally I think the corruption is to the fact that there is just too much information stored in one place. Not to mention that the information stored in the Settings value is forever changing within a Word session and the value isn't updated until you exit Word. Something is bound to get stepped on...

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    Re: SaveAs default is .dot (2000 SR-1)

    There was a virus popular some time ago that exhibited the behaviour that save as was always to a template .dot file. You could check for that.

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    Re: SaveAs default is .dot (2000 SR-1)

    Thanks - but I'm thankful it was just caused by my (unconscious) fiddling in Options. BAM got it in one. <img src=/S/thumbup.gif border=0 alt=thumbup width=15 height=15>

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