Writing this to vent my annoyance - but somebody might have a solution.\nThe description applies to MS Word 2007, but is similar for other\nvariants.\n\nWord has a "Normal.dotm" template stored in the user's profile. If this\ngets corrupted it is discarded and replaced with the MS standard parameters.\n\nI want my own chosen parameters: font, pointsize, margins, paragraph\nlayout, bullets & numbering, and the like.\n\nSo I open the the "Normal.dotm" template, make the necessary changes,\nand save it. Fine.\n\nBut I want to make the same settings apply for all users on the domain.\n\nThe obvious think to do is to create the required settings once, and to\nsave that as a "Master.dotm" template in a shared space on the server.\nThen for all other users, to use Word open that template from the\nserver, and save it on the local PC as "Normal.dotm".\n\nBut this fails! I try to save it but am told that Word cannot save\nusing the same name as an open document. Clearly it thinks that the\nlocal "Normal.dotm" file is open. It beats me why - I never opened it -\nI started by navigating to the server file share and clicking on the\n"Master.dotm" - so I never used the name "Normal.dotm"!\n\nI've tried running a script as the user, of the form:\n\ndel %appdata%\Microsoft\Templates\Normal.dotm\ncopy \\server\share\Master.dotm %appdata%\Microsoft\Templates\Normal.dotm\n\n(without the line wrap)\n\nBut although this appears to replace the user's copy, when Word opens it\nfinds a problem with it, so removes it and recreates it with the MS\ndefault settings. I suspect a valid "Normal.dotm" template has to show\nit was created by the local user.\n\nI think Microsoft have made a product that tries to be all things to all\nmen, and in my view have only succeeded in giving us a product that does\nnothing for anybody!\n\nRant over.