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 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.

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