Question

What does my Word Processing program mean when it talks about the "Normal.dot" and should I accept changes to it?

  1. Any time you open a word processing document, it starts with certain features already preset. These features are the styles and parameters that you like to use to prepare a written document. These settings are stored by the word processor as a template, a predesigned document, known as the "Normal" template. This is where the settings are stored to ensure each document you create is consistent with your desires.
  2. When changes are made to this template, they effect every subsequent document you will create. There are times when Word will record unintended commands to the "Normal.dot" and then ask you if you would like to save these changes. The correct answer to this question is "No!" That way the "Normal.dot" will stay the way you set it and not effect your future documents.

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