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    Normal.dot (xpp 2003)

    Is there any way of resetting the base settings that are picked up when a new Normal.dot is created. This has very large margins and Times New Roman 12pt font. Not what we use.

    The problem we have is (universal I think) that users get a warning that "Settings in the Normal.dot have changed. Do wish to create a new one?" And of course they just click "OK" without thinking and suddenly all our settings go out the door.
    In one extreme case the user keeps telling me that "The system keeps getting the old one (Normal.dot) from the recycle bin"!
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    Phil Carter

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    Re: Normal.dot (xpp 2003)

    Universal? I have never seen the message you mention (even taking the obvious mistake into account).
    Why would saving normal.dot throw *all* your settings out the door? <img src=/S/scratch.gif border=0 alt=scratch width=25 height=29>

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    Re: Normal.dot (xpp 2003)

    Hans hi again

    In an effort to prevent the users from creating a new normal.dot we have made this file "Read only". I believe this is why the users get this message.
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    Phil Carter

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    Re: Normal.dot (xpp 2003)

    I don't think it is a good idea to make Normal.dot read-only. It is the user's personal preferences file. Instead, provide templates for standard documents such as letters, memos etc., and use an add-in (global template) to make these easily available, for example through a custom toolbar.

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    Re: Normal.dot (xpp 2003)

    On reflection I think you're right regarding read only.

    All users do have a toolbar for using standard templates but some still manage to corrupt this. This is when they get the error message and the reason we would like to be able to change the base settings.
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    Re: Normal.dot (xpp 2003)

    Where does the custom toolbar reside? I would put it in a global template that can be read-only, not in Normal.dot.

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    Re: Normal.dot (xpp 2003)

    If I create a template and store it in the startup folder does this override the settings in the normal.dot?
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    Re: Normal.dot (xpp 2003)

    No, it doesn't - the styles, page setup, headers and footers etc. of this template will be ignored. But toolbars and VBA code in the template will be available in all documents.

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    Re: Normal.dot (xpp 2003)

    Hans

    Thanks anyway we are just trying to tidy up and tighten up.

    cheers
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