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    New Lounger
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    AutoText (Word 2003)

    I have a user who has a large normal.dot (900+kb). This user also complains of problems w/saving and closing Word documents.

    I printed out her autotext and she had over 75 pages of autotext saved in her normal.dot.

    Couple questions:

    1. Could this large amount of autotext cause application problems?
    2. If so, is there a better way of keeping her autotext other than in the normal.dot?

    Thanks for any help you can provide.

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    Re: AutoText (Word 2003)

    AutoText entries can be stored in any template (but not in a document).

    AutoText entries that are only needed for a specific application are best stored in a document template for that application. Say, for example, that some AutoText entries are used only for invoices. You could create an invoice template and store the AutoText entries there. They will only be available in documents based on the template.
    AutoText entries that should be available in any document can be stored in Normal.dot and in global templates (add-ins), i.e. templates in Word's startup location. It might make sense to group AutoText entries by theme or function and create corresponding global templates.

    <img src=/S/whisper.gif border=0 alt=whisper width=29 height=17> You might ask her whether she really needs 75 pages of AutoText entries - it is quite possible, but perhaps some can be removed...

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    Re: AutoText (Word 2003)

    There is a rather simple way of determining if this bloated normal.dot is indeed slowing her Word down. That is to launch Word with the default normal.dot and compare the speeds. If you rename her current normal.dot to something like

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