Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Word 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Word, click here: What Changes Did I Make In that Template?.

What Changes Did I Make In that Template?

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated April 21, 2012)

4

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 (1386) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Word (Word 2007 and later) here: What Changes Did I Make In that Template?.

Author Bio

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. ...

MORE FROM ALLEN

Alphabetizing By Last Name

Sorting lists of names by last name is easy if they are listed in a LAST, FIRST order. But what if the names are in FIRST ...

Discover More

Allowing Passive Voice in Writing

When you have Word do grammar-checking on your document, it typically marks everything it considers wrong with the way you ...

Discover More

Undoing Smart Tag Exclusions

Depending on who you ask, Smart Tags can be really cool or really distracting. If you fall on the "cool" side, you may make a ...

Discover More

Do More in Less Time! Are you ready to harness the full power of Word 2013 to create professional documents? In this comprehensive guide you'll learn the skills and techniques for efficiently building the documents you need for your professional and your personal life. Check out Word 2013 In Depth today!

More WordTips (menu)

Template Changing On Its Own

When you attach a template to a document, you expect that template to stay attached. When you share the document with others, ...

Discover More

Templates and Page Setup

Templates are a great way to share styles, macros, and other settings among various documents. One thing that isn't shared ...

Discover More

Determining the Template Attached to a Document

If you've opened a document in Word, that document has a template attached to it. This tip looks at what those templates do ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WordTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 8Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is three more than 5?

2012-04-27 07:33:32

Cornillie

To get rid of that message there are
two possibilities:
1. delete normal.dot and the system will make an new one (but you loose your own changes).
2. start Task Managerand delete the process WINWORD.EXE.


2012-04-23 17:47:18

Tom Bates

I had this problem on one computer some time ago (before Office 2003), and I addressed it by sneaking behind Word's back, renaming my current Normal.dot to Normal-<a-number>.dot as a backup copy, and then going back into Word and telling it to go ahead and save. If I ran into a corruption issue (which I did from time to time), I always had a series of backups handy. Of course, *finding* Normal.dot the first time was not easy. :-)


2012-04-21 11:28:47

Leslie Jernberg

This happens all the time to me. I do make changes to styles on documents based on the normal template (for example updating normal to TNR 12 pt, but not the template itself. When it asks me, I generally say yes, save, but save it with a different name (i.e. Normal1, then Normal2, etc.) This is not a great solution, but it gets me out of the loop and allows me to exit the program. I would love to have a permanent solution to this. Alan! We need your help!


2012-04-21 05:52:58

Rick Chattaway

So what are you supposed to do when it asks if you want to keep the changes and you click "No" ('cos you don't remember making any changes) and the thing KEEPS asking and won't go away or let you close WORD until you give up and click "Yes"?


This Site

Got a version of Word that uses the menu interface (Word 97, Word 2000, Word 2002, or Word 2003)? This site is for you! If you use a later version of Word, visit our WordTips site focusing on the ribbon interface.

Newest Tips
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WordTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.