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How do I change what template is based on by default?

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Click on the Orb in the top left, then Open.

Click Templates, then "Normal".

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Any changes you make here should now be the default document that is always opened.

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pretty screenshots! I wouldn't have known where to look for this myself - Ofice 2k7 moved so many things around, it's very hard to switch-to, compared to all the previous editions, I think –  warren Oct 12 '09 at 8:57
    
@warren, thanks! just wish I could write with a mouse better! A Wacom (or cheap copy) has been on my want list for a while - but I doubt my handwriting would be much neater! –  William Hilsum Oct 12 '09 at 12:10
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All document settings are stored in Normal.dot. Your best bet at changing the template is to just edit that file. You can find more information regarding normal.dot here.

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I think you can have your very own, customized templates for your documents - In any word document, if you go to Tools - templates/Add-Ins you can point to a template file of your choice. Hope this helps.

EDIT: Sorry I didnt notice that your Word version is 2007. MIne's 2003 - so I cant say for sure if the options still apply in 2007. You can perhaps try and see if it has been retained though.

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If you have an existing template with which you wish to replace the standard Normal.dotm template, save your template as a macro-enabled template (.dotm) and, with Word closed, delete the existing Normal.dotm template and rename your new template to Normal.dotm.

On a standard Windows installation of Office 2007, the templates in question are stored by default at C:\Documents and Settings\ [YOUR USER NAME] \application Data\microsoft\templates

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