by Allen Wyatt
(last updated March 8, 2014)
When you first start Word, it creates a blank document based on the template Normal.dot. What if you wanted to start Word with a different template? For instance, let's say you wanted Word to always start and open with a blank document based on a template named OurCompany.dot instead of Normal.dot. Further, the OurCompany template is stored on the D: drive, in the MyTemplates folder. To cause Word to use this template for blank documents on startup, you would follow these steps:
Figure 1. The Shortcut tab of the Properties dialog box.
Now, whenever you start Word, it starts with a document based on OurCompany.dot.
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