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I use Auto Text to keep my addresses handy because I use them every time I write either a letter or an email.

Usually this works very well, however I have just noticed that the particular spot on Auto Text has disappeared.

This means that if I have gone to quite a deal of trouble in order to arrange a special name and address heading, it has gone from Auto Text.

Is there any way in which I can get it back again.

This is very annoying because I have made up names and addresses of both my wife and my own in various ways for various purposes and if I cannot get them back again, I will have to start making them all up again.

Next time I will ?Save? them.

Any suggestions?

John Roberts.

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Auto text in what?

In reply to: Auto Text

You didn't say what application you are using.

You mention the particular spot on Auto text. What do you mean by the particular spot?

Mark

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Auto Text

In reply to: Auto text in what?

I am using Windows XP Professional and Word 2003

When I go to Insert then Auto Text I usually see "Normal", however Normal isn't on the list now, even though it usually is.

I know nothing at all about "Normal."and would appreciate advice as to where I can find out about Normal dot.

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Just to be clear

In reply to: Auto Text

Going to Insert > Auto Text > Auto text, (it appears twice), you get a small dialog window displayed. At the bottom of the "Auto text" tab is an option which says, "Look in:".

Here you click the down arrow and see a list of templates, eg, 'All active templates' and 'Normal.dot (global template)'.

Are you saying that you do not have a 'Normal.dot (global template)' listed?

If so then that is strange because if Normal.dot is deleted, Word automatically re-creates it the next time Word is opened. However, and here might be your problem, Normal.dot is is such an important part of Word, because it stores all the global formatting changes you make in Word, like default font types and sizes, etc. It also stores your Auto Text information. If this Normal.dot file is deleted, then when Word creates a new Normal.dot all those changes are lost.

The article below explains in detail what Normal.dot is and what it does;
http://pubs.logicalexpressions.com/Pub0009/LPMArticle.asp?ID=151

I doubt this helps you if your Normal.dot has been lost. Sorry.

Mark

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And that's why ...

In reply to: Just to be clear

you should include your normal.dot in your regular backup if it contains data that are important to you. Just like all other files with data you don't want to lose.

Just include Application Data>Microsoft>Templates in the list of folders to backup. Thinking about it, maybe Application Data>Microsoft or even all of Application Data, although that includes temp folder and temporary internet files that you're surely not interested in for a backup.

I'll check my settings at home tonight to see if they are "correct".

Kees

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