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    Control View with a Template (2003 SP2)

    Is there a way to create a (read-only) template, that will always open in a default view - like print layout with "text width" set under the zoom menu?

    This seems straightforward, but it isn't working on this end.

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    Re: Control View with a Template (2003 SP2)

    Word usually remembers the view settings in effect at the last "substantive" save for a document. Thus, a user could change the view he/she/others see when opening the document the next time. You might have to use a macro in the document to guarantee the starting view. Assuming users enable macros for that document...

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    Re: Control View with a Template (2003 SP2)

    Aaargh. Do not really want to have an opening macro for this template.

    Any other solutions out there?

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    Re: Control View with a Template (2003 SP2)

    I don't think so.

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    Re: Control View with a Template (2003 SP2)

    If your template is read only then you shouldn't need the macro as the users won't be able to change it anyway. Open template and change the view to the way you like it and then make a small change to the file (eg add a space and then remove it) before saving and closing.

    This should stick when the template is opened or when new files are created from it.
    Andrew Lockton, Chrysalis Design, Melbourne Australia

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    Re: Control View with a Template (2003 SP2)

    1) The "read-only" isn't critical - I just set that so that I can send the template out to users who then have to save their working copy to another file.

    2) My sense is that this is how it should work. But ... it doesn't. The view and zoom when the read-only template is clicked seems to match what is on the users normal.dot rather than on the *.dot I sent them.

    I am starting to get curious if there is no workaround for this because of disability issues - does MS want users to be able to have the final say on how documents look?

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    Re: Control View with a Template (2003 SP2)

    If this doesn't work for you then I also think that a macro solution is the only way to solve the issue.

    Is there a reason that you don't want to solve this with a macro? If the users stored the template in their user or workgroup template locations then the macro can still run irrespective of their security settings.
    Andrew Lockton, Chrysalis Design, Melbourne Australia

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    Re: Control View with a Template (2003 SP2)

    I have folks who have their security set up to pop up the enable/disable macro window, and in the past they've clicked disable when I tried to embed something as a macro.

    Dumb ... but true.

    If a macro is the only way to go, I can write something up this simple fairly easily. But, I'm still open to other ideas.

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