Modifying MS Word Normal.dot .dotm template

Modifying MS Word Normal.dot .dotm template

Microsoft change the normal.dot template of MS Word to Calibri 11 with extra spacing and multiple lines?”

The question following that will be: “Who on this planet actually enjoys using this style?” My speculations and further comments on the matter cannot be written in a public venue.

So, what is the normal.dot or normal.dotm? This is the “blank” document on which all new MS Word documents are based. If you work at a larger office or corporation, chances are your IT staff have already rectified this ghastly situation for you. If you are a solo practitioner or in a small office, you are perhaps still struggling with the aforementioned unwieldly style. Here is the quick solution.

In 2013, open the Run dialog on your computer (press Windows Logo + R or click Start Button> Run).

Type %appdata%\Microsoft\Templates\ into the text region and press < Enter >. Windows explorer will open the template directory.

Right click the Normal.dotm file, and choose Open from the context menu.

In 2007 & 2010, 0pen MS Word.

In 2007, click on the Office Button in the upper left corner of your screen. Click on Open. Under Microsoft Office Word there will be a folder labelled Templates. Click Templates and then double click the Normal.dotm file. This should open the MS Word 2007 template.

In 2010, click File> Open. Under Microsoft Word there will be a folder labelled Templates. Click Templates and then double click the Normal.dotm file. This should open the MS Word 2010 template.

 


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