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Word built in templates - what gets updated when?

Hi

Before we start creating our own building blocks, autotext and quick part entries, I want to understand what gets saved where and when.

I receive prompts to save changes to the following two files when I amend Building Block elements, but can't see any consistency in when these two files prompt me to be updated:

Built-In Building Blocks.dotx
Building Blocks.dotx

In addition, I also see changes being made to the Normal.dotm file on the network but again there doesn't seem to be a consistent approach.

I'd much appreciate it anyone could give me a definitive answer as to what gets saved where and when in these 3 files.

Many thanks
Yvonne

RE: Word built in templates - what gets updated when?

Hi Yvonne,

Thank you for the forum question.

Built-In Building Blocks.dotx is a template where all Microsoft's Building Blocks are saved. If you change or delete one of Microsoft's Building Blocks you will be prompt for saving the changes you have done.

You can save Building Blocks in Building Blocks.dotx (selected by default). If you create your own building blocks, autotext and quick parts you will be prompt if you want to save the changes you have done to the Building Blocks.dotx.

Normal.dotm is the template upon which all new blank documents are based. It opens whenever you start Microsoft Office Word and it includes default styles and customizations that control the basic look of your document. Changes you make to Normal.dotm will be applied to documents that you create in the future.

Where you can find these files is not easy to answer. It depends on your Office installation.

My Built-In Building Blocks.dotx and Building Blocks.dotx were in the folder:

C:\Users\jens\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Document Building Blocks\1033\15

My Normal.dotm was in the folder:

C:\Users\jens\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Templates

You can open the File Explorer and search for the templates.

I hope this makes sense

Kind regards

Jens Bonde
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Kind regards

Jens Bonde
Microsoft Office Specialist Trainer

Tel: 0207 987 3777
Best STL - https://www.stl-training.co.uk
98%+ recommend us

London's leader with UK wide delivery in Microsoft Office training and management training to global brands, FTSE 100, SME's and the public sector

RE: Word built in templates - what gets updated when?

Hi Jen

Thanks for the answer - I think I get it and as you say, where is a subjective thing based on individual set ups.

I think I understand now why the Built-In... document was only being updated periodically, as I was simply removing all the Microsoft page layouts etc., and your answer makes perfect sense.

Thanks for your help.
Regards
Yvonne

 

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