RE: Changing Normal.dot in Word

Subject: RE: Changing Normal.dot in Word
From: "Chinell, David F (GE EntSol, Security)" <David -dot- Chinell -at- GE -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2010 18:35:24 -0500

All:

Here is my low-IT approach to accomplishing global standardization.

- We leave Normal.dot alone.

- We standardize the User Templates and Startup file locations on each
installation of Word.

- We have document templates that contain style definitions, initial
content, appropriate autotext entries, and keyboard shortcuts
appropriate to the template (e.g. Ctrl + Shift + N applies BodyText, not
Normal).

- We have toolset templates (a.k.a. global add-ins) that contain all our
workspace customizations, global keyboard shortcuts, and work macros.

To distribute a new issue of the templates and toolset, I zip them into
self-extracting files -- one for the toolset add-ins and one for the
document templates.

I put these on our LAN or intranet where all the writers can access
them. The self-extracting files unzip over top of older versions of
templates and add-ins.

I notify the writers by e-mail when a new issue is available.

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References:
Re: Changing Normal.dot in Word: From: Tony Chung
RE: Changing Normal.dot in Word: From: Technical Writing Plus

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