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In addition to all of this, normal.dot also receives some other special treatment: · AutoCorrect entries that have any formatting or pictures applied to them are stored in normal.dot. This means that after reinstalling Word or moving to an- other computer, you can bring files along to hold on to these entries. It also means that if you use a lot of long, formatted AutoCorrect entries, the nor mal.dot file quickly swells to a significant size. This can adversely affect Word performance, as pretty much everything done in Word somehow relates to normal.dot. AutoCorrect is covered in detail in Chapter 9. Only formatted AutoCorrect entries (and those with pictures) are stored in normal.dot. Unformatted entries are stored in an access control list (.acl) file named for your Windows username -- something like username.acl. This allows unformatted en- tries to be made available to other Office applications. Format- ted entries are only available within Word. How Word Works · AutoText (that's AutoText, not AutoCorrect) entries are stored by default in normal.dot. This can also increase file size, but AutoText entries can easily be moved to another (or even their own) template to load and unload when you want. If a document is based on a template other than normal.dot, AutoText entries can be saved to it instead. AutoText is covered in Chapter 7. · Since normal.dot is a permanent global template and it is loaded first, custom- izations performed on normal.dot are always available (unless overridden) in other documents and templates. Also, remove any functionality from nor mal.dot (say, by removing a menu command) and that functionality will be missing from other templates and documents unless specifically added to them. · Since many options and customizations are stored in normal.dot , Word must save the file each time Word closes or discard any unsaved changes. By default, Word saves normal.dot automatically when the program closes. If you want some control over this process, turn on the Tools Options Save "Prompt to save normal template" option. This makes Word open a dialog each time it closes asking whether it should save changes. Unfortunately, Word does not show you what those changes are; you just have to remember. Personally, I use the default setting and just let Word handle things. Document templates Document template is simply the name given to the template attached to the current document. The items within this template are available only within that document (of course, the template could be loaded globally, providing its items to all open documents, or attached to another specific document). Every new document is based on a template. Create a new blank document and it is based on normal.dot. Create a different style of document using Word's File Word Files | 31