Re: Changing Normal.dot in Word

Subject: Re: Changing Normal.dot in Word
From: Deborah Hemstreet <dvora -at- tech-challenged -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Mon, 08 Feb 2010 10:06:00 -0500

Hi Suzanne,

I cannot answer this question. However, if your templates can be stored on the Network, you could talk with the IT department to install Workgroup templates... I don't know where they are set up in Word 2007. In 200 and 2003 it is via the Options dialog box, File Locations tab.

I had this done, successfully, as a company where I was working. After initial resistance, employees found that clicking File, New and getting a properly branded template, be it letter, document, whatever, was worth the price in spending a few minutes to learn how to use Word properly.

No matter how you push the changes in Normal.dot to everyone in the company, if the document goes outside the company to a computer that does NOT have your company's version of Normal.dot installed on their computer, their styles will over-ride those of your company, should they have automatically update selected for the templates. Sometimes they over-ride anyway. In addition, Normal.dot is notorious for becoming corrupted. In fact, the most common fix for problems in Word is to simply deleted Normal.dot and then start over. Magically, Word begins to function "normally" again <no pun intended>.

You need to explain to your company that by using Workgroup templates, you will be able to create templates for ALL the needs of your company. In fact, this setting also impacts Excel and PowerPoint... so that if there is a specially branded PowerPoint format, or special Excel templates used, for example, in a design review... everything can be accessed quickly and easily by simply clicking File > New from Word, PowerPoint or Excel and opening the correct template.

I know this is not the answer you wanted to hear, but forcing use of Normal.dot and incorporating your company's branding there is risky business.

I hope this information is helpful.

Deborah
http://www.tech-challenged.com
http://www.mswordchallenged.com (under development)

On 02/08/2010 8:52 AM, Suzette Leeming wrote:

Our company has decided to customize normal.dot in MS Word, to force
everyone to use our company "style", such as fonts, headings, etc.

We keep our templates on a server. This is working splendidly for our
letterhead, fax, etc., but not for normal.dot. When a user selects File>
New, they're getting Word's default settings from normal.dot.

Does anyone know how we can implement this change, so that users will get
the "new" normal.dot when they are creating a file?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

Suzette Leeming
Stouffville, Ontario
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