Normal.dotm MS Office2007

I am looking to change Normal.dotm on existing client builds to English(uk) from english(us).
I have tried using the Customization Tool to create a patch. Is simple to do in theory but does not yield any results.
I went down the route of creating an msi. I have used a vbs which renames the normal.dot to normal.old.dot and then active setup adds a new normal.dotm (uk) file to replace it.
When i then launch office it still uses English US Template so i shut it down and relaunch word and another normal.dotm gets created.

Any ideas ?

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Posted by: dunnpy 12 years ago
Red Belt

Been thinking about this and isn't there a default normal.dotm that is created during the installation?

When the one in a user profile is deleted, it uses this one to recreate it.

I think in Office 2003 it's in C:\WINDOWS\system32\config\systemprofile\Application Data\Microsoft\Templates.

What if you replace that one, where-ever it lives for 2007, and then kill the one in the user profile?

Hope that helps,

Posted by: oreillyr 12 years ago
Fifth Degree Brown Belt
Cheers Paul,
The normal.dotm file and its directory is not created until word is launched. Thats part of my problem, i am trying to ascertain where the bugger is getting it from.. Will install with verbose log and see what transpires..aaah can't do that either. I've spotted a word.pip file, but when you open it it is just wingdings and the likes.
Posted by: India_Repackaging 12 years ago
Blue Belt
I did a similar thing to replace the Dot files but i must admit i dont remember much of it. All I did was create a VB script to rename the current Dot files in several folders and replace them with the new file. However I did this through a login script but you can also do it using an MSI. The search functionality in the VB Script can be replaced by the system search in Windows Installer.
Posted by: anonymous_9363 12 years ago
Red Belt
PIPs store menu and toolbar customisations for the Office apps.
Posted by: oreillyr 12 years ago
Fifth Degree Brown Belt
Thank you one and all. Now just to get them to un-sign-off the new build with the same English(US) settings......
Posted by: oreillyr 12 years ago
Fifth Degree Brown Belt
From what i can see, this is a dead-end. Seems to be Microsofts latest attempt to Americanise the world.
If you change the normal.dot to a UK version it will be overwritten if you 1)open a doc authored in US english 2)cut and paste into it 3)proof it , the whole package has 1033 written all over it. Can not see a fix in sight, i thought i cracked on numerous occasions only for it to revert back to US randomly.
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