Small trick with Word 2010

Firstly, a big thanks to Suzanne, an MVP, for providing this easy resolution to a (however) a small issue on which she had replied on the Microsoft Tech Forums. I would provide more details on her work and valuable information she shared with all for free, but firstly, let’s look into the problem I was facing and how I resolved it.

I write a lot. Whether it is any technical documentation for my official deliveries, or for any of my friends and acquaintance, or for my blog. The first thing which I do when creating a post, like this one for example, is that I open Microsoft Word (Press Windows Key + R –> Type ‘winword’ –> Press Enter!) on my work-station and start writing my article, with a proposed headline, which may often change. While I do this from my office as well, I was seeing a particular issue from past few days.

As part of regular software updates and improvement roll-outs, there was an update sent to all of us recently, which changed the default look of the document, when anyone of us opens a new document. I was not liking the look and feel of it, and usually like more manual control on the various elements in my documents, because of which, as everyone of us would usually do, I typed a informal search in Google, and it directed me to a link in the Tech Forums, where I found this solution, and also a simple way to setup the default document template for Word on your desktop.

Steps to do so, are:

1. Open a new word document.  (Press Windows Key + R –> Type ‘winword’ –> Press Enter!)

2. Press Alt+F11 key combination –> This would open the Visual Basic editor.

3. Press Ctrl+G key combination –> This would open/activate the Immediate window.

4. The immediate window, for those of you who’re not aware of, would open up at the bottom of the screen, and here’s where we can type/execute immediate commands, hence the name!

5. Type this command in the immediate window, and press Enter: NormalTemplate.OpenAsDocument

6. A new word document opens, with the same format and look-&-feel, but it would open in the background, with focus on the Visual Basic Editor.

7. Close or Minimize the Visual Basic editor now.

8. Go to the new document, which is opened by the command in Step 5, which would say “Normal.dotm” at the top. This is the document name of the default template.

9. Now you make the necessary changes you want to make, like removing the headers and footers, setting up default font, setting default font size, setting page width, and so on.

10. Save (Ctrl+S) the “Normal.dotm” document, and exit from Word 2010.

11. Now, open a new Word document (Press Windows Key + R –> Type ‘winword’ –> Press Enter!) and you’d be able to see the new changes!

Now, back to Suzanne. And, this is important because it would unfold a valuable list of tips and tricks and tutorials for Word, which can sometimes prove very very handy. She is an MVP – Most Valuable Professional – for Microsoft, because of her life long association with various products, mainly Microsoft Word. Her website can be seen here and the list of tutorials she has provided can be browsed here. Lastly, here is a list of articles and questions on which she has actively contributed in the Microsoft Tech Forums over several years.

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