13 years ago
ruthie

How do I fix my blank document template on Word (for Mac)?

When i first installed Word on my Macbook a few months, I inadvertently managed to save a report I was doing as the template for a new blank document. Now every time I open a blank document I'm forced to erase the report in order for it to actually be a blank document. I've messed around trying to fix it but it never goes away. Can someone help me fix this so I get an actual blank document and not my 6 month old paper on Islamic law?
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13 years ago
sky
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I run Windows, but Word probably behaves fairly similarly on both OSs. Word uses a file called "normal.dot" to store the formatting you get w/ each new document. This includes the font, margins, header/footer, etc., and may be modified any way you see fit. You accidentally modified it in a way you do not like, but it's easy to put it back to what it was to begin with. There are a couple of ways to get there..... Assuming you have the installation disks, look around on them until you locate "normal.dot". Be *certain* of that extension! It is not ".doc", but "dot", which stands for "template". Note that Mac Word may differ from WinWord in the extension; I really do not recall. Once you locate it, copy your existing normal.dot on your HD to a keepsafe place where you can find it again and copy the normal.dot from your installation disk to the location on the HD where you first found normal.dot. That's where Word is going to look for it and it will complain if it's not there. Then run Word, create a new doc and see if your article on Islamic law is now a thing of the past. If so, celebrate and write something new! If the notoriously fussy Mac will not permit this kind of tinkering around w/ its innards, insert the installation disk and run any kind of "repair" utility or "reinstall to correct errors" or "partial installation" program you find there to copy in the normal.dot you want. If that doesn't work, open normal.dot in Word, delete the Islamic text you don't want and save and close the file. Then run Word, create a new doc and see if it's what you do want. I suggest this last because you may accidentally delete formatting you want along w/ the text you don't want. If I am just totally wrong about how the Mac will let you proceed, I am sorry. I do Windows. lol If something went oops, you have your normal.dot in your keepsafe location so you can at least get back to where you are now. If copying it back into its place again does not work, I'd suggest you call Mac Word Support at Microsoft and let a tech walk you through the fix. If your copy of Mac Word came from Microsoft, they will support you. If it came from your computer manufacturer or dealer, Microsoft may refer you to them for support. HTH
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13 years ago
The Phlebob
Do this: In Word versions prior to Word 2008: 1. Close all open copies of Word. 2. Open Word. 3. Click on the File->Save As menu item. 4. In the "File of Type" list box, scroll down to Document Templates and select it. The directory should change and there should be a Normal.dot file in it. DON’T SAVE THE FILE. Click Cancel instead. 5. Press CTRL/O. 6. Select Normal.dot. Normal.dot should become your open document. 7. Now delete all the text in the document, including text in any headers and footers. Pressing CTRL/A followed by the Delete key is the fastest way to do this. 8. Save the file with CTRL/S. You may get a warning message about the Global template having been changed. This is OK. Click Yes. 9. Close Word. In Word 2008: 1. Close all open copies of Word. 2. Open Word. 3. Click on the round Office button in the upper-left corner of the window. 4. Click Open. 5. Select Templates in the Favorite Links pane. 6. Select Normal.dotm. Normal.dotm should become your open document. 7. Now delete all the text in the document, including text in any headers and footers. Pressing CTRL/A followed by the Delete key is the fastest way to do this. 8. Save the file with CTRL/S. You may get a warning message about the Global template having been changed. This is OK. Click Yes. 9. Close Word. Word sometimes leaves the last directory used incorrectly set, so the next time you open or save (especially!) a file, be careful that Word's pointed at the right place. Hope that helps.
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7 years ago
Anonymous
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5 years ago
stromberg
you have saved your essay as a results of fact the default template, probable "time-honored.dot", next time opt for new from the report menu no longer the icon on the toolbar and it could provide you a menu. long term you will could desire to create a rfile pronounced as time-honored .dot at the same time with your selected settings in it as a results of fact the default..
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13 years ago
wookiebeats
Installing MS Word on a Mac is like sending your genius kid to special ed. OPENOFFICE.ORG
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