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Office challenge: What's the easiest way to migrate your customized Word 2003 Normal.dot file to Word 2007 or 2010?

In this week's Office challenge, test your upgrading skills and share the quickest way to save your template customizations with other readers.

If you've spent a lot of time customizing your Normal.dot template in Word 2003, you don't want to start over just because you upgrade to Word 2007 or Word 2010! What's the easiest way you can think of to migrate your Word 2003 Normal.dot customizations to a newly upgraded version of Word?

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3 comments
cblapp
cblapp

If you've installed the Word 2003 - 2007 converter (as most of us have by now), open your normal.dot and "save as" file type Word 2007 Macro-Enabled Template (*.dotm) and save it back to your templates store. When you upgrade Word, make sure your personal or workgroup template location is the templates store. Word should find it and use it as your template.

Marguerite13
Marguerite13

Open the blank file and save it as a normal.dot to a floppy disk or flash drive. Next, on your computer, go to Start, Search and type in normal.dotx to copy the path. Now open the normal.dot file from the flash drive to the new computer, image, etc. Just save it as file type normal.dotx or normal.dotm if it has macros to the path you found in the search and overwrite the original file.

Ron_007
Ron_007

- Shut down Word (including Outlook) - copy your 2003 NORMAL.DOT into your 2007/2010 template folder in your personal profile. (you can find the location, and also rename/delete, using the File/Open or File/SaveAs dialog boxes. In the "Favorite Links" pane, click on "Templates".) - delete or rename the current NORMAL.DOTM - start Word Word is designed to generate a NORMAL.DOT/M if one is not found in the personal profile template folder. Word 2007/2010 are additionally designed to look for a 2003 NORMAL.DOT. If one is found, but no NORMAL.DOTM, then it uses the settings (including styles) in the NORMAL.DOT when it generates the new NORMAL.DOTM. So, if you don't like the new "improved" defaults in 2007/2010, this is your way to make use 2003 defaults.