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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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