I used to be able to change default settings in Word using the conventional method, such as Format > Font > select desired settings > Default Yes.
Several months ago, Word inexplicably reverted to the factory default formats, and I could no longer change them as above. Since then I've had to format each new document individually.
Finally did some research into this, and located the Normal.dot file, thinking I would just set my defaults there.
Upon opening Normal.dot, I found it to be Read-Only, so of course it would not allow me to save any changes.
I've tried everything I read about. Deleted Normal.dot, and let Word create a new one. Accessed it in Safe Mode, Deleted to Recycle bin and restored. Opened the file properties to ensure the Read-Only wasn't checked. But it keeps coming back as Read-Only.
I also accessed the Templates folder from 2 different pathways: Start > Computer > OS (C:) > Documents and Settings > Username > AppData > Roaming > Microsoft > Templates
AND: Start > Computer > OS (C:) > Documents and Settings > Username > Application Data > Microsoft > Templates
An odd Caveat. During one attempt to delete and restore from Recycle bin, it came up ONCE without being Read-Only. I was able to change the Font default, but before I could configure any other settings, it reverted back to Read-Only.
This has been driving me nuts all day, and I can't find much on this Read-Only topic. Can someone please tell me how to get rid of this Read-Only situation.
Thanks very much...
PS: I'm setting up a new PC, also Win 7 64 bit + Office 2003. Just checked it's Normal.dot file. Also Read-Only. I must be missing something here. No where in my reading did it allude to this file ever being Read-Only.
Edited by mitchsc, 12 January 2013 - 06:40 PM.