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Quick Tip: Restore Word’s Default Settings

Today’s “quick tip” is in response to a reader question, and I think it is one of those that can be helpful to ‘everyone’.

Q: I created a newsletter using Word. I used Segoe Script sized to 16. Now whenever I want to write a new Word document, it is stuck on that setting, and I have to tell it to use Times New Roman, and change the size each time.
It never used to do that. How do I make it like it was before?

A: The answer lies in the fact that when you create a new Word document (File > New > Blank document), Word uses its default “style template”– which is known as Normal.dot (note the “t”, for “template”.)
This “normal” template has the predefined settings we’ve all come to know and love: Times New Roman (font), 12 (pts), Left (Align), Borders, etc.

Somehow, the reader has Saved the style they used in the newsletter to the Normal.dot (maybe they selected “Save As”, and then “Template”?), or Normal.dot has just gotten corrupted.

There’s two ways (at least) to repair this behavior– the manual way and the automatic way.
1) Create a new default template:
* Open a new blank document.
* Change each setting to how you want your Word docs to look each time (such as Times, 12, Left, etc.).
* Now click “Save As”. Select “Document Template” in the File type box, and type “Normal” (no quotes) in the File name box.
* If warned that Normal already exists, do you want to overwrite the file?, answer “Yes”.
Now, whatever options you’ve selected will be what Word uses when creating a new blank document.
[note: this is how you get rid of Times New Roman for good, if you’re a sans serif type.]

2) Automatic replace Normal.dot:
* Use the Search tool to find the Normal.dot file on your drive. (Start >Search >Files and Folders)
* In the Results pane, right-click on Normal.dot and select “Rename”. Rename it to anything other than Normal.
* Close, and then restart Word (in some cases, a computer reboot was required)

Word will discover that there is now no Normal.dot, and it will create a new “factory fresh” one for you automatically.

Today’s free download: Foxit Reader (Ditch Adobe Reader)
” Incredibly small:  Breezing-fast: Annotation tool: Foxit Reader allows you to draw graphics, highlight text, type text and make notes and then print out or save the annotated document. Text converter: You may convert the whole PDF document into a simple text file.

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December 2, 2008 - Posted by | advice, computers, how to, MS Word, software, tech, troubleshooting, tweaks, word processors

8 Comments »

  1. Hello!
    Very Interesting post! Thank you for such interesting resource!
    PS: Sorry for my bad english, I’v just started to learn this language ;)
    See you!
    Your, Raiul Baztepo

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    Comment by RaiulBaztepo | March 28, 2009 | Reply

    • Mr. Baztepo,
      Thank you for visiting, and thank you for the kind words.

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      Comment by techpaul | March 28, 2009 | Reply

  2. Thanks much for posting this – it was *surprisingly* difficult to find this information and a very easy fix once I had it!

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    Comment by Anonymous | September 28, 2011 | Reply

    • Sir or Ms,
      Thank you for taking the time to let me know you found my writings helpful.

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      Comment by techpaul | September 28, 2011 | Reply

  3. Worked like a charm! :)

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    Comment by Arjen | October 19, 2011 | Reply

    • Arjen,
      Thank you for taking the time to let me know you found my writings helpful.

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      Comment by techpaul | October 19, 2011 | Reply

  4. Thanks very much for this – saved me a lot of trouble!
    JohnR (Australia)

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    Comment by Anonymous | November 9, 2011 | Reply

    • JohnR,
      Thank you for taking the time to let me know you found one of my “tech tips” helpful.

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      Comment by techpaul | November 9, 2011 | Reply


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