I accidentally saved a .docm as .dotm, and now when I want to edit the document it opens as a new template with all the original macros stripped out. How to convert back from .dotm to .docm?

Renaming the file extension doesn't work.

  • Try opening the file with the File -> Open dialog, rather than just double-clicking on it.
    – Scott
    May 30 '13 at 1:12

In Windows Explorer, right-click the *.dotm file and select Open. From within Word, use the File > Open dialog to open the *.dotm file. Then use Save As command to save it as a *.docm. Once you've established that everything works as expected, you can delete the rogue *.dotm.

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