Modify Word normal dot template
A D V E R T I S E M E N T
Do you know what is Word Normal.dot template? Word's master template.
are two basic types of files used in Word, that is .doc, which stands for
Document. The other is a .dot, which stands for Document
When Microsoft Word starts up it loads a template file called Normal.dot and
you use this template to create all documents. Else, you can use customized
template you've created before to create the documents.
The Word Normal.dot template contains the basic layout (i.e. default font,
page margins, styles, etc) and helps shape any documents created from this
template. So, itís important that you need to prevent accidental keystrokes or
macro viruses from changing your Word defaults normal template.
You can force Microsoft Word to ask you every time it closes whether you want
to save the Normal.dot file. This way, if you know you made necessary changes to
your default template you can save the file. Otherwise, you can help prevent
mysterious or unintended changes by not overwriting the default template.
From the Tools menu, click Options.
From the Options dialog box displayed, click the Save tab.
To prevent accidental changes to Normal.dot template
Check Prompt to save Normal template option.
A fairly common question is: "How come every time I start a new document
there's the same text already written on my page?" That's because, somehow,
the user managed to open the blank document template (Normal.dot), typed
something on the page, and saved the text to the Normal.dot, as well as whatever
document name they saved the file. So they've altered the master template!
To fix the problem, the user needs to reopen the Normal.dot file, remove the
text and resave that master template file without the text. Then, when you open
again a new Word document, the page will be empty.
However, there are some basic customizations you can do that would probably
allow you to work more efficiently. If you want all your documents, or the
majority of them, created in a particular font, other than the Times New Roman
(the default Normal.dot font), you can change that.
Open a new blank Word document.
From the Format menu, click Font.
From the Font dialog box displayed, change the font you prefer as
your default starting font face, style, color, size, etc.
Then, click on a Default button at the bottom of the dialog box.
You'll be warned that this change will affect all new documents based on the
To customize the Normal.dot template