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What Changes Did I Make In that Template?

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated August 18, 2016)

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When using Word, it is not unusual to make changes that affect the Normal template. You may change toolbar or menu configuration, macros, or styles. In these instances, you are probably glad that Word asks you, when exiting, if you want to save the changes to the template.

What if you don't remember making any changes to the Normal template, however? Is there a way to discover what changes were made so that you can determine if the template should be saved? Unfortunately, there is no "review" feature that shows what changes were made. Word expects you to just remember if you made changes.

If you don't specifically remember making changes, and Word is asking you if you want to save your changes to the Normal template, the prudent thing to do is to not save the changes. It is better to miss a few changes you wanted than to have the Normal template file contaminated with possibly malicious macros.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (11620) applies to Microsoft Word 2007 and 2010. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: What Changes Did I Make In that Template?.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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2016-09-01 05:48:36

Alan

In the paragraph, you say, "Word asks you, when exiting, if you want to save the changes to the template".
As far as I know, you must tick the option to "Prompt before saving Normal template" in File > Options > Advanced > Save section.
On a default installation this setting is cleared and you do not receive warnings about changes to the Normal template.


2016-08-18 10:10:55

Sarah

The problem I usually have with the Normal template is when there are several Word docs open at the same time. It might close one or two like usual, but then there is a 7-step process to close each doc after.

As far as I am aware, I have not made any changes to the Normal template (or even, in some cases, any changes to the document at all - I just needed to read the first few sentences). Any suggestions for this issue?


2012-04-23 10:25:34

Derek Brown

Most of my Normal template problems have come from the creation of new macros, so I have programmed my Exit routine to run a macro that saves a date-named copy of the template in the same subdirectory.

I can then the copy of the most recent working template to replace a problematic template (i.e., via Windows, when Word isn't running). There can be a loss of some new macros/edits and new Autocorrect entries/key mappings made just before the crash, but that's life.

I also use Ctrl-S to save important edits when in VBasic and make a copy from time to time of all my macros to help in debugging when a modification of a macro messes things up and I need a known working referent. Also helps in copying macros to another computer.

-- DB


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