Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Whenever I open Microsoft Word 2010, an old document opens up. It's the same one all the time.

And even if I go and try to open a new document, this same document is alway there.

How do I get rid of it?

share|improve this question

As I understand it, all Word documents have a default template. The "normal.dotm" template is a blank document which comes up when you start a new document. Check to see if you mistakenly overwrote the normal template with a previous document. Here is some information about Word 2010 templates:

share|improve this answer

As David suggest in another answer, you have likely overwritten the default template. The simplest way to restore it is:

  • Close Word
  • Delete the normal.dotm (for Word 2007 and newer) or (for 2003 and older) file.
  • Open Word and a new default template with default settings will be created.

This article describes how to do that in detail.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.