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Date: 14 February 1999
From: Howard Kaikow <>
Subject: How to rebuild a template

It is sometimes necessary to rebuild a template. The technique described below will work for all templates, but I'll demonstrate the technique for the MyStuff template.

For this, and other purposes, I recommend keeping around a template. You can create this as follows: is the minimal Normal template created when you first install Word. It has only default settings, but can be very useful.

OK, let's do the deed.

  1. Rename as, say,
  2. Make a copy of, rename this

  3. Start Word.

  4. Create a new document based on the template.

  5. Use the Organizer in the Macro dialog to copy the macros, styles, toolbars and auto text you wish to retain from to

  6. Save the changes you have made to

  7. If necessary, run any macros, or make changes manually, to restore any desired customizations to the menus and toolbars associated with

In my opinion, all Word users should have macros, at least, for restoring settings to menus and toolbars, perhaps, for all templates. In many cases, these macros can be created by using Word's macro recorder, i.e., you may not need to know WordBasic or VBA to create such macros.