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Why does Microsoft Office word keep asking if I want to replace the normal.dot file? Can I fix this?

What is Normal.dot?

How can I get MS Word (2003) to stop asking to overwrite it?

Why does Word do so in the first place?

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marked as duplicate by Diago Nov 11 '10 at 7:34

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Normal.dot is the default or global template that Word uses to create a blank document. Normal.dot is always in use when Word is open, even if you are using another template. .


Some Facts About Normal.dot

  • When you launch Word, it looks for normal.dot and opens it.
  • If your normal.dot is corrupt, it can cause Word to crash upon launching.
  • If Word cannot locate a normal.dot file, it creates a brand new one.

More details on Microsoft KB

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Bad User! Bad User! How could you miss the duplicate! :) –  Diago Nov 11 '10 at 7:34
    
O_0 dang! I have no idea how I missed the dupe 0_o @Diago –  Sathya Nov 11 '10 at 19:34

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