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  • Question

  • hi all

    we copy old (word 2003) normal.dot to %appdata%\microsoft\templates (templates must create befor this step)

    On next Windows start normal.dot was correct renamed to normalOld.dot and a new normal.dotm was created. But the default fonts from old normal.dot are not in the new normal.dotm - why?


    Chris

    Wednesday, March 14, 2012 12:53 PM

Answers

  • I understand the confusion, that message box makes it appear that the font is stored there but actually it's not.  Choosing the "All documents based on the Normal.dotm template?" option will set the font attribute on the Normal style that resides in the Normal.dotm template to Verdana.  Setting a font attribute on a style is similiar to setting something to Bold or Italic or French.

    Based on what it appears you want to do, my original reply is correct.  You need to transfer the Normal style from your old template to your new template.  Why MS called the default style Normal and also called the default startup template Normal is beyond me ... that often causes confusion.  The Normal style is not the Normal template.  They are two different objects that unfortunately share a common name.


    Kind Regards, Rich ... http://greatcirclelearning.com

    • Marked as answer by -- Chris -- Wednesday, March 14, 2012 2:21 PM
    Wednesday, March 14, 2012 2:10 PM

All replies

  • Fonts are not contained within the Normal template.  If you actually mean custom Styles, those are in the template.  To move Styles from the old template to the new one open the old template as a file and then use Organizer to transfer the styles from old to new.

    Kind Regards, Rich ... http://greatcirclelearning.com

    Wednesday, March 14, 2012 1:05 PM
  • Hi rich,

    thanks for answer, but default font is stored in normal.dot - see attachment


    Chris

    Wednesday, March 14, 2012 1:30 PM
  • I understand the confusion, that message box makes it appear that the font is stored there but actually it's not.  Choosing the "All documents based on the Normal.dotm template?" option will set the font attribute on the Normal style that resides in the Normal.dotm template to Verdana.  Setting a font attribute on a style is similiar to setting something to Bold or Italic or French.

    Based on what it appears you want to do, my original reply is correct.  You need to transfer the Normal style from your old template to your new template.  Why MS called the default style Normal and also called the default startup template Normal is beyond me ... that often causes confusion.  The Normal style is not the Normal template.  They are two different objects that unfortunately share a common name.


    Kind Regards, Rich ... http://greatcirclelearning.com

    • Marked as answer by -- Chris -- Wednesday, March 14, 2012 2:21 PM
    Wednesday, March 14, 2012 2:10 PM
  • hi rich,

    is it posible to set the default font with GroupPolicy?

    your Tipp: "To move Styles from the old template to the new one open the old template as a file and then use Organizer to transfer the styles from old to new." is nice, but we have 1000 clients? If we deploy a new Client with Windows 7 and Office 2010, we need that every user have "Verdana" as default font.


    Chris

    Wednesday, March 14, 2012 2:29 PM
  • Hi Chris,

    Hopefully this Deployment Article will help you.


    Kind Regards, Rich ... http://greatcirclelearning.com

    Wednesday, March 14, 2012 2:55 PM
  • hi Rich

    this is my problem. Befor you start Winword no templates directory exist. I create it with batch file and copy normal.dotm with verdana font. But on first winword start word rename my normal.dotm and we have wrong font.

    Today we have a Batch (with copy normal.dotm) that we run after first winword start.


    Chris

    Thursday, March 15, 2012 7:01 AM