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Normal.dotm: The Default Template for Word 2016 - Download Link


Download Normal.dotm Word 2016: How to Find, Modify, and Restore the Default Template




Have you ever wondered how Word applies the same formatting and styles to every new document that you create? The answer is Normal.dotm, the default template that Word uses for all documents. In this article, you will learn what Normal.dotm is, why it is important, where it is located, how to modify it, and how to restore it if something goes wrong.


What is Normal.dotm?




Normal.dotm is a file that contains the default settings for new documents in Word. It includes things like fonts, margins, spacing, styles, and customizations that determine the basic look of a document. Normal.dotm stands for normal document template, and it has the extension .dotm to indicate that it is a macro-enabled template.




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Why is Normal.dotm important?




Normal.dotm is important because it affects every document that you create in Word. If you want to change the default settings for all your documents, you need to modify Normal.dotm. For example, if you prefer to use Arial instead of Calibri as your default font, you can change it in Normal.dotm and it will apply to all future documents. Similarly, if you want to add some custom styles or macros to your documents, you can save them in Normal.dotm and they will be available every time you start Word.


Where is Normal.dotm located?




The normal.dotm file location word 2016 depends on the operating system. For Windows, the default location is %appdata%\\Microsoft\\Templates. For Mac, the default location is /Library/Group Containers/UBF8T346G9.Office/User Content/Templates. You can also find the location of Normal.dotm by following these steps:


  • Open Word and click on the File tab.



  • Click on Options and then on Advanced.



  • Scroll down to the General section and click on File Locations.



  • Look for User templates and click on Modify.



  • The folder that opens is where Normal.dotm is stored.



For Windows users




If you are using Windows, you can also type %appdata%\\Microsoft\\Templates in the address bar of File Explorer and press Enter. This will take you directly to the folder where Normal.dotm is located.


For Mac users




If you are using Mac, you can also press Command+Shift+G in Finder and type /Library/Group Containers/UBF8T346G9.Office/User Content/Templates in the Go to Folder dialog box. This will take you directly to the folder where Normal.dotm is located.


How to modify Normal.dotm?




There are three main ways to modify Normal.dotm: open it directly, change the default settings for new documents, or use the Modify Styles dialog.


Open Normal.dotm directly




You can open Normal.dotm directly by following these steps:


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  • Navigate to the folder where Normal.dotm is located (see above).



  • Double-click on Normal.dotm to open it in Word.



  • Make any changes that you want to the fonts, margins, spacing, and other settings. You can use the same commands and features that you use to change a document.



  • When you have finished, click on Save or press Ctrl+S to save the changes to Normal.dotm.



  • Close Word and reopen it to see the changes in your new documents.



Change the default settings for new documents




You can also change the default settings for new documents by following these steps:


  • Open Word and create a new blank document.



  • Make any changes that you want to the fonts, margins, spacing, and other settings. You can use the same commands and features that you use to change a document.



  • When you have finished, click on the File tab and then on Save As.



  • In the Save As dialog box, click on Browse and navigate to the folder where Normal.dotm is located (see above).



  • In the File name box, type Normal.dotm and click on Save.



  • A message will appear asking if you want to overwrite the existing Normal.dotm. Click on Yes.



  • Close Word and reopen it to see the changes in your new documents.



Use the Modify Styles dialog




You can also use the Modify Styles dialog to change the default styles in Normal.dotm. Styles are predefined sets of formatting that you can apply to text with one click. For example, you can use the Heading 1 style to format your main headings, or the Normal style to format your body text. To use the Modify Styles dialog, follow these steps:


  • Open Word and create a new blank document.



  • Click on the Home tab and then on the Styles pane launcher (the small arrow in the bottom right corner of the Styles group).



  • In the Styles pane, right-click on any style that you want to modify and select Modify.



  • In the Modify Style dialog box, make any changes that you want to the font, size, color, alignment, and other settings of the style. You can also click on Format to access more options.



  • Under Save changes in, select Normal.dotm from the drop-down list.



  • Click on OK to save the changes to the style.



  • Repeat steps 3-6 for any other styles that you want to modify.



  • Close Word and reopen it to see the changes in your new documents.



How to restore Normal.dotm?




Sometimes, Normal.dotm may get corrupted or overwritten by a virus or a third-party program. This can cause problems with your documents, such as losing formatting, styles, or macros. If this happens, you can try to restore Normal.dotm by using one of these methods:


Rename or delete Normal.dotm




You can rename or delete Normal.dotm and let Word create a new one with the default settings. To do this, follow these steps:


  • Close Word if it is open.



  • Navigate to the folder where Normal.dotm is located (see above).



  • Right-click on Normal.dotm and select Rename or Delete. If you rename it, give it a different name such as OldNormal.dotm.



  • Open Word and create a new blank document. Word will create a new Normal.dotm with the default settings.



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