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Changing the default template in Microsoft Word

A while back, I had a user ask me how he could change the default template in Word. I realized that it had been so long since I had done anything of the sort myself, that I needed to look it up. Finding that this was something I had not documented, I decided to do so. The information below relates specifically to Word 2010 on Windows 7, but it should work for later versions, too.
As I have written previously, the default template used by Word is dictated by a file called Normal.dotm, located at C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Templates. In order to modify it, simply do as follows:

  1. Open Word
  2. Go to File > Open (or click Ctrl+O)
  3. Browse to the location of the template
  4. Open Normal.dotm
  5. Make any changes to it that you want to have
  6. Save your work
  7. Close Word

That’s it. When next you open Word, the changes you made will have taken effect.

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