how to get a blank document instead of my last letter displayed



Ronnieeee
07-09-2005, 11:03 PM
When I do File<New right away I get my last letter which I closed and saved
properly when I finished it. Even if I press New<Blank Document I get that
self same letter, as well as New from template<Normal - like - get it out
already! I need a blank page!!!!

garfield-n-odie
07-09-2005, 11:03 PM
See http://word.mvps.org/FAQs/AppErrors/BlankDocNotBlank.htm .

Ronnieeee wrote:
> When I do File<New right away I get my last letter which I closed and saved
> properly when I finished it. Even if I press New<Blank Document I get that
> self same letter, as well as New from template<Normal - like - get it out
> already! I need a blank page!!!!

Ronnieee
07-09-2005, 11:03 PM
Thks but doesn't work, my XP at least doesn't have "show hidden files and
folders" and I was unable to do on my window 2002 whatever was instructed.
Condlusion? Disappointing and misleading trail.
RonnieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeHelp!!!!!!!!!!!

"garfield-n-odie" wrote:

> See http://word.mvps.org/FAQs/AppErrors/BlankDocNotBlank.htm .
>
> Ronnieeee wrote:
> > When I do File<New right away I get my last letter which I closed and saved
> > properly when I finished it. Even if I press New<Blank Document I get that
> > self same letter, as well as New from template<Normal - like - get it out
> > already! I need a blank page!!!!
>
>

Suzanne S. Barnhill
07-09-2005, 11:03 PM
Where are you looking for the command? If you open an Explorer window in
Windows (you may know this as My Computer) and choose Tools | Folder
Options, you should see this radio button in the first screen on the View
tab. I'm quoting this from Windows 2000, but I can't imagine it is that
different in Windows XP.

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Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
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"Ronnieee" <Ronnieee@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:FEAC7B21-5B6D-4EF6-B45A-2AD6FAC04C7F@microsoft.com...
> Thks but doesn't work, my XP at least doesn't have "show hidden files and
> folders" and I was unable to do on my window 2002 whatever was instructed.
> Condlusion? Disappointing and misleading trail.
> RonnieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeHelp!!!!!!!!!!!
>
> "garfield-n-odie" wrote:
>
> > See http://word.mvps.org/FAQs/AppErrors/BlankDocNotBlank.htm .
> >
> > Ronnieeee wrote:
> > > When I do File<New right away I get my last letter which I closed and
saved
> > > properly when I finished it. Even if I press New<Blank Document I get
that
> > > self same letter, as well as New from template<Normal - like - get it
out
> > > already! I need a blank page!!!!
> >
> >

JR
07-09-2005, 11:03 PM
Quick & Dirty!!!
Get a new file & delete everything in it.
Then save the file as Normal.dot in the template folder

John



"Ronnieeee" <Ronnieeee@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:6D51DD0A-56F2-43FE-86C8-649733C6DDA2@microsoft.com...
> When I do File<New right away I get my last letter which I closed and
> saved
> properly when I finished it. Even if I press New<Blank Document I get
> that
> self same letter, as well as New from template<Normal - like - get it out
> already! I need a blank page!!!!

Shauna Kelly
07-09-2005, 11:03 PM
Hi John

It might be worthwhile considering what happens if a user tries this.

I can get a new, blank document, choose File > Save and select the
appropriate templates folder. If I then tell Word to save my file as
"normal.dot", Word (a) saves it as a Word document (because the "Save as
type" box is still set to "Word document") and (b) names the file
"normal.dot.doc". The resulting file is a document, not a template, and
won't function as normal.dot is supposed to function. So that won't solve
the original user's problem of having text stored in normal.dot.

Alternatiavely, I can get a blank document, choose File > Save, select the
templates folder, tell Word to save the file as a template, and tell Word to
save the file as "normal.dot". I then get an error message saying "Word
cannot give a document the same name as an open document". So that won't
work for me.

As a third possibility, I could do File > New and tell Word to create a new
template and try to name it normal.dot. But when I try that, I get the same
error message as before, because Word is, of course, already using
normal.dot. So that doesn't work for me either.

Finally, even if I could easily create a new, blank document and save it
named "normal.dot", it would not function as a 'real' normal.dot. It would
not, for example, have the default autotext entries that enable me to do
things like add page numbers to headers and footers easily.

The conclusions from this are that there are two key points about
normal.dot. First, only Word can create a normal.dot. Second, there are only
two ways to edit normal.dot. In Word, use File > Open. Or in Windows
Explorer, right-click and choose Open.

Hope this helps.

Shauna Kelly. Microsoft MVP.
http://www.shaunakelly.com/word


"JR" <onejmATcomcast.net> wrote in message
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> Quick & Dirty!!!
> Get a new file & delete everything in it.
> Then save the file as Normal.dot in the template folder
>
> John
>
>
>
> "Ronnieeee" <Ronnieeee@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:6D51DD0A-56F2-43FE-86C8-649733C6DDA2@microsoft.com...
>> When I do File<New right away I get my last letter which I closed and
>> saved
>> properly when I finished it. Even if I press New<Blank Document I get
>> that
>> self same letter, as well as New from template<Normal - like - get it out
>> already! I need a blank page!!!!
>
>

garfield-n-odie
07-09-2005, 11:03 PM
It's the same in Windows XP, regardless of whether you get to
Tools->FolderOptions through My Computer or through Windows Explorer.

Suzanne S. Barnhill wrote:

> Where are you looking for the command? If you open an Explorer window in
> Windows (you may know this as My Computer) and choose Tools | Folder
> Options, you should see this radio button in the first screen on the View
> tab. I'm quoting this from Windows 2000, but I can't imagine it is that
> different in Windows XP.
>

garfield-n-odie
07-09-2005, 11:03 PM
You are the posterchild for the adage, "You can lead a jackass to
water, but you can't make it drink."

Ronnieee wrote:

> Thks but doesn't work, my XP at least doesn't have "show hidden files and
> folders" and I was unable to do on my window 2002 whatever was instructed.
> Condlusion? Disappointing and misleading trail.
> RonnieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeHelp!!!!!!!!!!!
>
> "garfield-n-odie" wrote:
>
>
>>See http://word.mvps.org/FAQs/AppErrors/BlankDocNotBlank.htm .
>>
>>Ronnieeee wrote:
>>
>>>When I do File<New right away I get my last letter which I closed and saved
>>>properly when I finished it. Even if I press New<Blank Document I get that
>>>self same letter, as well as New from template<Normal - like - get it out
>>>already! I need a blank page!!!!
>>
>>

JR
07-09-2005, 11:03 PM
TY, I stand corrected. Its not as simple as I thought
John

"Shauna Kelly" <ShaunaKelly@SendNoSpamToShaunaKelly.com> wrote in message
news:%23$brXZ6cFHA.3032@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
> Hi John
>
> It might be worthwhile considering what happens if a user tries this.
>
> I can get a new, blank document, choose File > Save and select the
> appropriate templates folder. If I then tell Word to save my file as
> "normal.dot", Word (a) saves it as a Word document (because the "Save as
> type" box is still set to "Word document") and (b) names the file
> "normal.dot.doc". The resulting file is a document, not a template, and
> won't function as normal.dot is supposed to function. So that won't solve
> the original user's problem of having text stored in normal.dot.
>
> Alternatiavely, I can get a blank document, choose File > Save, select the
> templates folder, tell Word to save the file as a template, and tell Word
> to save the file as "normal.dot". I then get an error message saying "Word
> cannot give a document the same name as an open document". So that won't
> work for me.
>
> As a third possibility, I could do File > New and tell Word to create a
> new template and try to name it normal.dot. But when I try that, I get the
> same error message as before, because Word is, of course, already using
> normal.dot. So that doesn't work for me either.
>
> Finally, even if I could easily create a new, blank document and save it
> named "normal.dot", it would not function as a 'real' normal.dot. It would
> not, for example, have the default autotext entries that enable me to do
> things like add page numbers to headers and footers easily.
>
> The conclusions from this are that there are two key points about
> normal.dot. First, only Word can create a normal.dot. Second, there are
> only two ways to edit normal.dot. In Word, use File > Open. Or in Windows
> Explorer, right-click and choose Open.
>
> Hope this helps.
>
> Shauna Kelly. Microsoft MVP.
> http://www.shaunakelly.com/word
>
>
> "JR" <onejmATcomcast.net> wrote in message
> news:lJidnUU8Sow77S7fRVn-gw@comcast.com...
>> Quick & Dirty!!!
>> Get a new file & delete everything in it.
>> Then save the file as Normal.dot in the template folder
>>
>> John
>>
>>
>>
>> "Ronnieeee" <Ronnieeee@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>> news:6D51DD0A-56F2-43FE-86C8-649733C6DDA2@microsoft.com...
>>> When I do File<New right away I get my last letter which I closed and
>>> saved
>>> properly when I finished it. Even if I press New<Blank Document I get
>>> that
>>> self same letter, as well as New from template<Normal - like - get it
>>> out
>>> already! I need a blank page!!!!
>>
>>
>
>


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