Word automatically saved changes to the regular document template: want to load it?

Ask: When I use my computer to start Microsoft Word 2007, I get the message “Word automatically saved your changes to the Normal document template. Do you want to load it?” That I have to do?

Answer: This is one of those annoyances that Microsoft Word is known for. The main cause of this error is when something happens that crashes Microsoft Word while it is running. For example, you might be typing in Word 2007, and for no apparent reason, a window appears telling you that Word has encountered a problem and needs to restart. Sometimes Word actually restarts, but sometimes it doesn’t. Anyway, when you start Word next time, you’ll get the dreaded and annoying message that your Normal template has changed. While it’s conceivable that this could be a problem caused by a virus or spyware, most of the time the problem is that Word crashed. In either case, you should probably run a virus, malware, and spyware check to be sure.

In the question, this problem occurred with Word 2007, but this error is a classic that has been common to versions of Microsoft Word for many years. This usually happens when people not really change Normal.dot. The easiest and most effective way to solve this problem is:

  1. Close Word 2007
  2. Find all the files on your computer named Normal.dot or Normal.dotm. Delete the. Note that if you really did make changes to Normal.dot, you will lose them.
  3. Start Microsoft Word. Word will automatically create a new Normal.dot file for you.

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