Can't find Normal.dot Editing the Normal template in word 2003
Posted 25 April 2005 - 05:29 AM
Posted 25 April 2005 - 02:46 PM
Make sure that you include hidden files in your search - it's easy to miss the checkbox in advanced search.
If it fails, look in C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\Microsoft\Templates - that's where the template should exist.
Then, if there isn't one there, maybe you have the same problem I did! See
This is only a problem if you have installed Adobe Acrobat Professional or Elements after the Word installation. Word wasn't saving the Normal.dot with "Save" - you have to use "Save All". Thanks to peterm for that solution!
I hope thius helps.
Posted 26 April 2005 - 01:37 AM
I have installed Adobe Acrobat, so that must be the problem.
I tried to create a new Normal.dot, but apparently do not know how. When I try to save it as a template to the C:\Documents and setting\username\Application Data\Microsoft\Templates directory, it won't let me. It says that you cannot save over an opened document. I also then see a file called Normal in the window.
What exactly do I have to do?
Posted 26 April 2005 - 05:13 PM
Adobe Acrobat 7 has a bad "feature" that disables the ability for Word to automatically save Normal.dot, unless you use Save All.
To test that this is the problem, try this:
1. In Word, hold down Shift, then select File > Save All. (Save All only appears if the Shift is held down.)
2. Look to see if you now have a Normal.dot. (You should.)
The Save All command is not on the File menu by default, so try adding it by customizing a menu.
So whenever you want to make a change that sticks in Normal.dot, you have to select Save All.
Thank you Adobe. And thanks to peterm who pointed me to the workaround.
Posted 01 May 2005 - 04:00 AM
This seems to create a normal.dot file as well.
Next I search for normal, then delete the normal.dot file (With Word closed) and rename normal2.dot as normal.dot.
N.B. As noted above, I first go to Explorer/tools/folder options/view and check the "show hidden files" and uncheck the "hide protected operating system files" box.
Word seems to create normal.dot on demand, because it doesn't appear in a search until after the above exercise.
Posted 15 June 2009 - 10:59 PM
I'm new and having what I think is a similar problem with MS Word 2002 and normal.dot. I tried the, "Save All" approach and got a insufficient memory message.
I am running XP Home. I was getting a not responding message whenever I tried to do anything with Word. I took it to a computer shop and was told I lacked memory. I purchased an extra 256 MB of RAM for 510 total. I got home and deleted files, cookies, a lot of unused programs, cleaned the C drive, defragmented the disk, almost completely cleaned up my desktop ..... And now when I go to open a Word file it says, "insufficient memory" ??
I have looked everywhere for the normal.dot file/template in order to delete it. I have been where, "No man has been before .... " and Still cannot find it.
My computer is a notebook. Gateway, Model 450SX4
On my page file it says I have 426 MB used and 819 MB available
I don't think it is really a memory problem; but it is a problem.
Any help out there would be greatly appreciated.
With much thanks, and kind regards
Posted 05 November 2012 - 10:29 AM