This article discusses how Microsoft Word 2003 searches for its Normal.dot global template. Because Word 2003 searches for the Normal.dot template differently from the way it searches for templates in earlier versions of Microsoft Word, the Normal.dot template behaves differently from other global templates.
If the Normal.dot template is not located in one of the folders where Word 2003 expects to find it, Word 2003 searches through folder paths for different templates (based on your type of installation) and Word 2003 uses the first Normal.dot template that it finds. This is also true if there are multiple Normal.dot files on your system.
The global template (Normal.dot) is classified as a "user" template and can be customized to include items such as macros, custom styles, and autotext entries. The global template (Normal.dot) is not a template that is installed. The global template (Normal.dot) is created on the first use of Word.
The following sections discuss the search order that Word 2003 uses to locate the Normal.dot template in more detail.
How to Change the User Templates Path and the Workgroup Templates Path
To change the User Templates path and the Workgroup Templates path locations from their default folders to the folders that you want to use, follow these steps:
On the Tools menu, click Options, and then click the File Locations tab.
Select the template path that you want to modify, and then click Modify.
Locate the folders that you want to use, and then click OK.
For more information about how to change template paths, click Microsoft Microsoft Office 2003 Help on the Help menu, type template locations in the Office Assistant or the Answer Wizard, and then click Search to view the topics returned.
Installation Options: Run from Network and Run All from Network
If you use the Run from Network or the Run All from Network installations, Word 2003 searches for the Normal.dot template in the following three locations in the order that they are listed:
Word 2003 Program folder (Winword.exe location): Drive:\Server_Folder\PFiles\MSOffice\Office11
User Templates path (default folder): C:\Documents and Settings\<Username>\Application Data\Microsoft\Templates
Workgroup Templates path <Not set by default>
If you use the Run from Network or Run All from Network installation options, Word 2003 follows these steps to find the Normal.dot template:
In the Word 2003 Program folder, Word 2003 searches for the Normal.dot folder.
If Normal.dot template is not found in the Word 2003 Program folder, Word 2003 searches in the User Templates folder.
If Word 2003 does not find the Normal.dot template in the User Templates folder, Word 2003 searches the Workgroup Templates folder (if one is specified).
If Word 2003 still does not find the Normal.dot template, Word 2003 creates a new template in the folder that is specified by the User Templates path.
Note The Word 2003 executable file, Winword.exe, is located on your network server in the Word 2003 Program folder. To change the location of the Word 2003 Program folder, your network administrator must reinstall Word 2003 to your network server.
To apply a template to a document, follow these steps:
On the File menu, click New.
From the General Templates dialog box, click the General tab, and then click Blank Document. Word 2003 creates a new document or template by using the Normal.dot template.