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Word Normal.dot I moved from one machine to another (from XP to Vista) and I need to know how to install my old normal.com on Vista. I simply cannot see where the "Templates" file is located and how to make if visible. I would appreciate any guidance. Bill [wst@tarnopolfinancial.com]

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On your old machine do the following:
1. Double click on My Computer.
2. Click on the Tools menu in the top menu bar.
3. Click on Folder Options...
4. Click on the View Tab
5. Click on the little button next to "Show hidden files and folders"
6. Click OK.
7. Double click on Local Disk (C:)
8. Double click on the Documents and Settings folder
9. Double click on the folder with your user name
10. Double click on Application Data. (That folder will be dimmed)
11. Double click on the Microsoft folder.
12. Double click on the Templates folder.
13. Copy the Normal.dot file to a USB drive or email it to your self.
14. On the new computer, Go to the same directory and replace the Normal.dot file there wit hthe one you copied from the old computer.
hope this helps!

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There are a couple of things that can cause this. One is a corrupted normal.dot template, one is a corrupted printer driver, and the other would be some sort of third party add-ins. So let's start with the simplest to try and that is replacing the normal.dot template.

Click on Start, go to Search, and in the Search box type normal.dot. There should be a search option that you can check for 'search hidden files', make sure that is checked. If it does not find it, try searching for *.dot. It may be hard to find because it is a hidden file. You may have to go into folder options and be sure "show hidden files" is checked. Whenever you find normal.dot, rename it old.dot and restart your computer. Open Word and it will create a new normal.dot template, which is what Word uses as a default blank document.

If that does not work, read this article about a third party add-in that can cause this issue:
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The "Normal" template opens whenever you start Word, and it includes the default settings for your new documents... as well as any customizations you may have opted for along the way. Sounds like your version of the normal template now includes the text of this document.

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Alternatively, you can use Windows Explorer to navigate to that same directory and delete the entire Normal.dot file. MS Office will simply create a fresh one when you launch Word again.

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Macros are stored in one of two places, Irene - and you decide where and when you create one. When you select Tools -> Macro -> Record New Macro you’re prompted to either create the macro in the global template (normal.dot) file, or the document you’re currently working on - by default, normal.dot is selected so that the macros are available in all documents you create.

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Office XP and 2003 users will find the tool installed with Office -access it from the Microsoft Office Tools menu on the Start -> All Programs menu; Office 2000 users need to download it from here. It’s called the Microsoft Office 2000 Profile Wizard here.

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