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Can't delete an xp word file

by angela3159 / February 23, 2005 5:55 PM PST

Despite having installed and uninstalled xp word on several occassions I haveone file that i can't delete.
Everytime I open a blank document for word this same file appears as if it has been set as a default.
The document contains a couple of pictures that were pasted to it from another file.
I have searched my computer and deleted every reference to it that I could find. The search now comes back clear but the document is still there.
Help!!!

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That's the way Word works.
by Kees Bakker / February 23, 2005 8:13 PM PST

Angela,

There's a default (it's the perfect word you use!) template normal.dot (that you can easily find with Explorer) that contains all settings and contents you want to put in a new empty document if you don't specify another template.
And normal.dot isn't removed or created or overwritten when you uninstall or install MS Word, so - once it contains settings and contents like pictures) - it will keep them unless you either delete the whole file (Word will create a new one then, kind of a default default), or change it. You can change it by simply opening it in MS Word, and applying the changes you want.

It's a common problem, but easy to solve.

Kees

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More information here about how normal.dot works
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / February 23, 2005 9:36 PM PST
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normal.dot
by angela3159 / February 24, 2005 2:50 AM PST

thank you. File now deleted

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Re: that's the way word works
by angela3159 / February 24, 2005 2:49 AM PST

thank you problem now solved

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