How do I Change template in Word XP

  deannatrois 08:18 08 May 2003

I am getting increasingly irritated by the way Word XP insists on making everything a mucky brown (fonts, lines, borders). Its to do with the tracking facility in Word but I don't want this facility at all.

I have tried changing the template so everything is in the normal black, but it tries to save it under another template name (i.e. its not the default template) so I have the same problem I had before. I can't find out how to change and then make the changed template the default template.

All I want is to be able to easily produce a document in black ink, every time, without laborously changing all settings. I used to be able to with older versions of word. I have tried Word help.., but as usual it hasn't lol!

  temp003 08:36 08 May 2003

I have always found it difficult to do this. Supposedly you can click Tools, select Templates and Add-ins (at least in Word 2000), select the template (normal in your case), and tick the option automatically update document styles. Click OK.

Then just edit your document. Save it in the normal way as a .doc file, but styles changes will be made to as well (and if prompted, confirm changes to Then go back to the Tools menu and deselect the option mentioned above.

The way I do it, is to open a blank document. Make the necessary style changes. Save it as a .doc file, e.g. normal.doc. Close Word. Locate the file on the computer. Either delete it, or rename it. Then rename normal.doc to and move it to the folder where it should be. Then next time you open Word, the new will take effect. With this method, I find I have a better idea of what I'm doing.

  VoG™ 08:36 08 May 2003

If you mean that you want to reset it to the defaults...

Close Word.

Do a search for - you will have to include hidden files and folders in the search. Then rename it to normal.old or whatever.

Start Word and it will create a new

  fitshase 13:08 08 May 2003

How have you been trying to change the If you have been creating a new template in Word and then trying to save it as then Word will not let you.

You need to do a search for on your computer then:-

- open Word

- click File\Close

- click File\Open

- Browse to where is located

- Select and then click on Open

- Make the necessary changes then simply click File\Save

That should work.



  deannatrois 16:27 08 May 2003

Many thanks for your replies. Not being one to give up easily I shall try the suggestions u have made.

So much for XP being user friendly he he !

  BRYNIT 16:37 08 May 2003

To make changes to default setting in word.doc

When making changes to any settings, always set it to automatic. This will set colour to black. When changing font colour/type go to format/font select font type and automatic for colour, bottom left you should find a default button, select this it will ask if you want to change the default setting. Select OK this will change the font in template.

Any other setting with a default button, should be selected to allow changes to dot template

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