If you change a style in the Normal template (for example, if you change the default font, which means that you actually change the font of the Normal style) or if you change the default margins or page size, that change affects every blank document you create from then on.Needless to say, if you save text in Normal.dot, that text will appear in every blank document you create.It is a mystery how users manage to save text in the Normal template, but if your “blank” documents suddenly start opening with the text of an old document in them, this is what you have done!

Employing a collection of document parts to create professional looking documents is even easier with Word 2007 - 2013.

I use the term "document parts" to describe the collection of document properties, fields, and Auto Text that existed in previous Word versions along with the new collection of building block galleries and their associated building blocks.

The focus of this article is on managing building blocks and their relationship to the Auto Text feature found in previous editions of Word.

For more on employing Auto Text as a stand-alone feature in previous Word versions, see the MVP FAQ articles: Auto Text & Auto Text List. In the first article link above Auto Text is defined as: "Auto Text is a way to store parts of a Word document for re-use.

A template is a special kind of Word file with the .dot, .dotx, or file extension (instead of or .docx, which are used for documents).

The template can contain text (such as a letterhead), special styles (such as those that might be suitable for an academic paper or a newsletter), and custom toolbars, macros, and shortcut key assignments that make it easier to prepare a certain kind of document.

(See also The blank document that you start with when you open Word (“Document1”) and all documents that you create by pressing the New button on the Standard toolbar or choosing “Blank Document” in the New or Templates dialog are based on the Normal template (in Word 2003 and earlier; in Word 2007), which is the “global” template that also (by default) stores most of your customizations, such as changes to styles or toolbars.

It is nice to have consistent looking documents, and Word templates can help you achieve this.

For my team, I’d like all our documents to include our company logo and department name at the top of the page.

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