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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Writing Tools: Normal.dot continued

     A few weeks back I talked about the infamous normal.dot in general terms, and what can be done with it. Now I've got a couple of websites that go into a little more information.
     The first is a guide on how to change the normal.dot found here: Change normal.dot. Now, a simple way to create a backup of the file is to simply save as, and then use a file name you'll remember (normal.bak is popular). If you ever need to restore the template, delete the old file, then rename your backup file.normal.dot.
     The second is a bigger explanation of how the normal template functions in Word. Even if you're not a computer nerd like moi, it's a very worthwhile read. Understanding how Word works can help when it comes to writing a manuscript, and prevent taking an axe to the computer (I've been there, but with various power tools) when the program refuses to do what you want it to (possibly for legitimate reasons).
     Next week I will begin posting some Macro scripts I've found useful.

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