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Using VBA to create an autotext function for Word(95) normal.dot

Just to set the scene.
We have a moderate size organisation (30+ people).
Naturally alot of people in the organisation are typing alot of the same stuff in there letters.

I have toyed with using the built in autotext function that comes with word. I want to use it so I don't have to retype names of employees all the time. Autotext is excellent in this regard.
The problems I have with it is trying to maintain a list of autotext entries.

With an organisation of this size it is only after hours that I can access the normal.dot to make changes.
I tried creating a global template that soley contained the autotext entries (and to further be used to contain any other functions that I might write). I could not get this to work.

I think if it were possible this would be the ideal, to have a global template that I could change at any time, that was accesible by everyone using Word.

By other thought was to write a VBA macro in the normal.dot, have this link to a database, or spreadsheet that could be updated.
Again there is an issue with the database idea as we have no use for ms-access in our office and as such only have a few copies.

Have I made my needs clear enough?
Is it possible?
Can anyone may any suggestions/solutions?

Thanks.
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calebS
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HobbitHouseCommented:
sounds very clear and straightforward.  I'm not an expert but it doesn't seem likely to me that you would need a copy of Access running on a machine in order for it to successfully have VBA code access a db on your network. My VB/VBA code accesses network db's all the time and I don't think my local copy of Access has anything to do with it.  At any rate it should be just a matter of minutes to check it out.
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