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    Normal.dot Default Settings (Outlook 2003 SP2)

    I read through some previous posts and found out how to set some options for creating a default Font style and Size and Character Spacing. But I would like to also set Paragraph settings like Line Spacing to 15 and Left and Right Margins to 0.5" and 1.0" resp.
    How and where do I create this Normal.dot? If it goes in the MS Office Templates folder can I get Outlook to use a filename different than the Normal.dot that Word uses?

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    Re: Normal.dot Default Settings (Outlook 2003 SP2)

    I wouldn't modify Normal.dot for use in Outlook, because it also affects Word.
    Instead, create a new document in Word with the settings you want for an e-mail, then save it as a template (*.dot) in the default Templates folder.
    Next, switch to Outlook and create a new message.
    Click in the message body.
    Select Tools | Templates and Add-Ins...
    Click the Attach... button.
    Select your new template and click Open.
    Back in the Templates and Add-Ins dialog, tick the check box "Attach to all new e-mail messages".
    Click OK.

    Note: the font you set in the template will be ignored, this is governed by the font setting in the Mail Format tab of Tools | Options... in the main Outlook window.

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    Re: Normal.dot Default Settings (Outlook 2003 SP2)

    I don't have 'Templates and Add-Ins' in my Tools menu, nor under any other menu option when I try this.

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    Re: Normal.dot Default Settings (Outlook 2003 SP2)

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by JohnBF on 07-Jun-07 07:09. )</P>By implication the original poster is using Word as their message editor in Outlook - are you? The menu should be available when you are in message composition mode with Word as editor. If it's missing, it's missing from your Word menus, so you may need to recreate it in Word from the View | Toolbars dialog.
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    Re: Normal.dot Default Settings (Outlook 2003 SP2)

    I guess I'm too dense to sense that. One reason may be Hans' usual advice not to use Word as one's e-mail message editor.
    You are correct; when I enable Word as my Outlook message editor I then have the Templates and Add-Ins menu option under Tools.

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    Re: Normal.dot Default Settings (Outlook 2003 SP2)

    No problem, I don't use Word as Outlook message editor either, for the same reasons. (Which is why my initial reply was a load of rubbish and I edited the post.) <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15> When we upgrade to Outlook 2007, we get no option, Word is the only editor, so better learn some of this stuff now.
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    Re: Normal.dot Default Settings (Outlook 2003 SP2)

    Works great! Thanks Hans.

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