Normal.dot Settings for Word 2007
The Normal.dot file is a template that defines the default settings for a new document in Microsoft Word. This assigns all of the various options such as font size, margins, spacing, colors, etc. Word 2007 offers a new way to edit these defaults that may be more intuitive for some users.
For those who are unfamiliar with Word 2007; the Word Ribbon is part of Word shown in the screen shot below:
1. Open Microsoft Word 2007. This will display the defaults of Microsoft Word in the Word ribbon just above the text portion of the screen. If there have been no changes to your Normal.dot file then it will appear with all of the settings in the screen shot below:
Here is how the default page looks when you first start Word 2007.
2. First, ensure that your Style button is on the option furthest to the left in the Word Ribbon. The style button will display the default text for that style in the box as well as formatting options. You can see this box highlighted in the screen shot above.
3. Next, without changing the Style button selection, begin to set the values you would like for font, size, paragraph etc. Font settings can be adjusted through the font menu to the left bar at the top of the screen. Paragraph settings can be found between the style buttons and the font menu. All of these settings can be adjusted from the Word Ribbon.
4. When this is completed the document should appear with all of the settings desired when Microsoft Word or EditScript is opened.
The Styles Ribbon menu extended.
5. Next, click on the expansion icon underneath the style buttons in the Word Ribbon. This will appear as a small arrow at the bottom left of the Style selection pane. This will open a menu on the right side of the screen as shown above. Select Options in the bottom right-hand corner.
The Style Pain Options dialog screen.
6. The options button will open the menu shown above. At the bottom of this menu click on the button labeled “New documents based on this template” and click OK.
7. Next, right click on the Normal Styles button in the Word Ribbon and click the option labeled “Modify menu item.” This will open the Modify Style dialog as shown below:
Right click the
Modify Style dialog screen --- click the radio button to apply template to future documents.
8. In this dialog select the button labeled “New documents based on this template” at the bottom of the window. Then select OK.
9. Next, click the expansion icon under the paragraph section of the Word ribbon. This will open the window seen below:
10. Click the Default button at the bottom of the window and select “Yes” when prompted to apply these settings.
11. Next, click the Page Layout button (just above the Word Ribbon) to view the page layout Ribbon. Click on the expansion icon under the Page Setup portion of the ribbon. Click the Default button at the bottom of the screen and select “Yes” when prompted to apply these settings.
12. Now your version of Microsoft Word should have the correct settings applied as a default. You can test this by closing Microsoft Word and opening a new document. If the document opens with the settings you configured then you have successfully modified your Normal.dot file.
This should automatically be accepted by EditScript but make take a few tries before the changes are accepted. If you are having difficulty try modifying only one part of the Normal.dot file before continuing, meaning, adjust the font type but not the size or the paragraph settings etc. If this works, continue this process until all of the necessary changes have been made.
Additional Issues Related to Formatting
Some users will continue to experience formatting issues even after changing the Normal.dot settings. If this is the case there may be an issue with the mode Word is running in. Changing this to compatibility mode has allowed EditScript to work with Word 2007 without formatting issues. Steps to make this change are listed below.
- Open Microsoft Word and click on the Office Button in the top left corner.
- Click “Word Options” at the bottom of this window and then select “Save” from the panel on the left.
- The top option will be labeled “Save files in this format.” Change this from “Word Document (*.docx)” to “Word 97-2003 Document (*.doc)”
- Click OK and now Word is in compatibility mode. Formatting issues should be resolved at this point.
- Click on the Start menu
- Either use the windows key+R shortcut or type "cmd" in the search box and hit enter
- A new window should pop up, type "tracert www.escription.com" and then hit enter
- Let the trace route finish and then take a screenshot of the results if possible
It is best to take a screenshot of your trace route results and forward these results to a support representative or any other technical support for further analysis.