Using Normal.DOT in Word 2010


To enable using the autotext thats buried in Normal.DOT in Word 2010 follow the steps below:

Take a copy of the users Normal.DOT file usually found here on a Windows 2003 server:
C:\Documents and Settings\UserName\Application Data\Microsoft\Templates

Copy out the Normal.DOT from here and place it in the Word STARTUP folder defined by your Group Policy or into the default location:

Windows 2003 – C:\Documents and Settings\UserName\Application Data\Microsoft\Word\STARTUP
Windows 2008 – C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Word\STARTUP

You will notice that a temp file is created when you open Word 2010. You can now also use the autotext in the Normal.dot file.

N.B. I did notice that the first Autotext entry i tried, I didn’t get a tool tip. So for this I pressed F3 which enforces the use of the Autotext input and this then started to show the tool tip.

Hope this helps.

About Chris Ainger

I have been working in IT since 1998 in the Public Housing Sector. I have worked with Citrix since 2003 in the days of Citrix Metaframe XP 1.0 FR2. Since then I have been through the processes of upgrading to Presentation Server 4.0 with a farm of around 150 servers. Since then I have helped create a farm of around 200 servers using XenApp 6.0 on VMware 4.1. This was a great experience which has only increased during the upgrades of the environment for out 2000+ users. All of our clients are the WYSE 10 series using ThinOS which I have helped configure for individual users from a central location making administration very simple. I gained my CCA qualification in XenApp 6.0 in January 2012. I am a big fan of SolarWinds also, which is a great monitoring tool. It is very versatile with a small footprint of resource usage on the targeted devices. I am currently designing the interfaces for the IT department for daily use and also a Service view for the Support Desk Team. I am also a keen fisherman, having restarted again after 20 years. I set myself yearly targets to try to complete which makes this more interesting and belong to several forums of other like-minded folks. I, on occasion, fly fish for trout as a treat once in a while or when the fridge gets empty and also sea fly fish for bass and mullet. My main area is sea fishing from either beach, harbour wall or pier. There are so many species of fish to catch around the UK that you can mix up the locations to try something different.

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