Microsoft Word Margins !@#%@!

By lvdrew702
Oct 8, 2007
  1. In Microsoft Word...

    I set my page defaults to 0.7" all around. Every time I open a new word document it goes back to the original settings and I have to change it for each new doc.

    Research has shown that it is a "Template" problem. However it does not always occur on all installations, which leads me to believe two things:

    1.) It is yet another MS instability. (Microsoft is know for unstable software)

    2.) There may be an easy fix I have not yet come across.

    Please help... Any info on this would be good.

    Thank you.
  2. N3051M

    N3051M TS Evangelist Posts: 2,115

    you may need to modify the template itself, and then save it. There is a feature about some auto-backup thing that saves an updated/modified template but i didn't read up about it..

    open the template by browsing to c:\documents and settings\%username%\microsoft\office\templates\

    change whatever you want, then save like you do a normal word doc. see if that works.
  3. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

  4. lvdrew702

    lvdrew702 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Microsoft Word Margins...

    Thank you very much for the info. It inspiried me to further dig and I discovered you cannot edit the "" file in xp, (that I found),...

    However if you open a new doc and set the file up exactly the way you want it, then save it as a ".dot" file... Close everything and move the original "" file to a temp folder. You can then name your new file "" and place it in the templates folder. I rebooted the computer and the next new word document opened with the settings I wanted.

    Thank you again.
  5. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,335   +36

    Most times when there is any problem with Word, I delete all the You will need to show hidden files and folders:

    Control Panel> Folder Options> View> 'show hidden files and folders'
    Then search for and do a right click> delete on all. Word will then create a new template.
  6. lvdrew702

    lvdrew702 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Cool, Thanks, I will remember that. I like to use "Ariel 11" in my documents and I got it to default to it. : )
  7. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,335   +36

    You're welcome. Go back and hide those files again so you don't accidentally delete something! With Word, if something isn't working, always suspect template corruption first.
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