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Is it possible to create a template word file which can be distributed to everyone who uses Word on a network?

How would this be achieved?
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Question by:Hypervizor
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by:Eirman
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I think you are using Word 2003.
Let's suppose H: is a mapped shared drive and the path to your Word files is .... H:\DATA\WORD

Store your Normal.dot and other templates here
H:\DATA\WORD\TEMPLATES

Then, in Word, go to Tools > Options.  In the "File Locations" tab
set the above path as the default location for user templates for all PCs on the network.
http://www.uwec.edu/help/word03/AUTO-tmploc.htm

Now, when anyone creates a new word file, anywhere on the network, they will use the same Normal.dot
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by:Hypervizor
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Thanks for the reply. Sounds like a good idea in principle, but what if the network becomes unavailable or if the user works remotely / not online?
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by:Leslie Bloom
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I think in order to remedy the remotely/not online problem like you mentioned, you would define a process like @Eirman did, which gives people specific instructions as to how to use the Normal.dot file. It'd be a good idea to include why using a global template is important so that people follow-through with the request (it's professional, unifies our voice and brand, etc).
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If laptops are disconnect from the network, Word will use default locations for documents and templates.

You could use a simple batch file to copy (and overwrite) dot files from the template network location,
to the default location for Word templates, on individual laptops.

Every time you update templates run this batch file on individual laptops when they reconnect to the network.
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I just came across this little utility for installing Word Templates
http://www.foolishit.com/vb6-projects/word-template-installer/
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Thanks for the feedback. I'll review shortly.
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by:Leslie Bloom
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Hi @Hypervizor, any update on this?
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