Microsoft does not make very easy to modify templates simply because it is not very intuitive where to find them in the first place! The first thing you do when modifying templates is load one, and that means you must know where they are stored. Unfortunately, the average user no idea where they are stored. The problem is that even Word Help cannot say exactly where the templates folder is on your particular computer.
Follow the steps below to learn where your templates are stored:
- Click the File tab of your Ribbon and Options to display the Word Options dialog box.
- At the left-hand side of the dialog box, click Advanced.
- Scroll to the bottom of the available options and click File Locations, to display the dialog box.
- In the File Types list, select User Templates.
- Click Modify even though you will not actually be modifying anything. Word will display the Modify Location dialog box.
- Look in the drop-down list, at the top of the dialog box; it contains the current path name used for your templates.
This may or may not tell you where your Normal template is stored. The Normal template is where Word stores default settings for brand new, blank documents it creates. Some versions of Word store this special template in a different directory altogether. If you think this could be the case with your version of Word, simply get out of the program and use Windows’ search capabilities to look for normal.do* . Using the wildcard asterisk at the end of what you are searching for should help you find any template that starts with the word normal.