MS Word rant!

Discussion in 'PC Technical Talk' started by Graham J, Aug 31, 2013.

  1. Graham J

    Graham J Guest

    Writing this to vent my annoyance - but somebody might have a solution.
    The description applies to MS Word 2007, but is similar for other

    Word has a "Normal.dotm" template stored in the user's profile. If this
    gets corrupted it is discarded and replaced with the MS standard parameters.

    I want my own chosen parameters: font, pointsize, margins, paragraph
    layout, bullets & numbering, and the like.

    So I open the the "Normal.dotm" template, make the necessary changes,
    and save it. Fine.

    But I want to make the same settings apply for all users on the domain.

    The obvious think to do is to create the required settings once, and to
    save that as a "Master.dotm" template in a shared space on the server.
    Then for all other users, to use Word open that template from the
    server, and save it on the local PC as "Normal.dotm".

    But this fails! I try to save it but am told that Word cannot save
    using the same name as an open document. Clearly it thinks that the
    local "Normal.dotm" file is open. It beats me why - I never opened it -
    I started by navigating to the server file share and clicking on the
    "Master.dotm" - so I never used the name "Normal.dotm"!

    I've tried running a script as the user, of the form:

    del %appdata%\Microsoft\Templates\Normal.dotm
    copy \\server\share\Master.dotm %appdata%\Microsoft\Templates\Normal.dotm

    (without the line wrap)

    But although this appears to replace the user's copy, when Word opens it
    finds a problem with it, so removes it and recreates it with the MS
    default settings. I suspect a valid "Normal.dotm" template has to show
    it was created by the local user.

    I think Microsoft have made a product that tries to be all things to all
    men, and in my view have only succeeded in giving us a product that does
    nothing for anybody!

    Rant over.
    Graham J, Aug 31, 2013
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