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    One of the presumptions I've never liked about Word 2008 is that it opens a blank doc when I launch the app. I want it to just open the app and let me take it from there. That's what the earlier version of Word did.

    That is just exactly one additional reason of why using a "Stationary File" has its advantages. Word '08 would (should, and does for me (Mavericks and El Capitain)) just opens a new "copy" of that stationary file doc and start typing. An Apple OS developer thing, not Microsoft.

    Works for me.




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    Actually Word 2008 behaved the same way the current version does:

    Word -> Preferences -> General -> "Open Word Document Gallery when application opens"

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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    Actually Word 2008 behaved the same way the current version does:

    Word -> Preferences -> General -> "Open Word Document Gallery when application opens"

    I've never seen any such an option in my 2008 Word Preferences, it just opens and shows the doc file I double clicked, and this is all that I have:

    Screen Shot 2018-07-05 at 7.06.44 PM.png


    Edit:
    Maybe having the "show project gallery at startup" disabled has something to do with it.




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    Maybe having the "show project gallery at startup" disabled has something to do with it.
    LOL, Patrick, yes it does. The project gallery is an option in Word that can conveniently open any Doc or assign any template to a blank Doc that you wish. Over the years, I have found most folks who complain about Word (or MS Office in general) do not utilize or sometimes even understand what options are available. The changing or updating of the Normal template is an area that many folks get wrong, yet if done according to MS instructions is easy to do.

    Well anyway, we've beat this thread and subject now to over 4 pages. Time to put it to bed?

  5. #50
    Preferences is grayed out on my Word.

    It's Stationery, not Stationary.

  6. #51
    Preferences is working now.

    Show Project Gallery at startup is not checked.

    When I open the app Word, not a specific saved doc, it produces a blank doc named Template1.

    If there's a toggle that turns that off, I'd like to know what it is.

    I don't know what previous version of Word I had, but when I opened it, it didn't produce a blank doc.

    That was a good thing as far as I'm concerned.

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    Show Project Gallery at startup is not checked.
    You want it checked. That way you get an option for which template you want to open for the new document.
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    It's Stationery, not Stationary.

    Quite correct, and maybe someone will eventually get the auto-spellcheck fixed!!! But I have a feeling it may be the FF browser I'm using as my Safari has been doing wierd things and I had to change.

    At least the Dictionary.app, which I think it might use, gives a suggestion and cautionary help note:
    The words stationary and stationery are often confused.





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    I checked it and got the same result: Template1 with the wrong specs.

    "Stationery" and "write" have the letter "e" in them. "Stationary" doesn't.

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    "Stationery" and "write" have the letter "e" in them. "Stationary" doesn't.
    Or if you prefer: Cars are stationary and paper is stationery.

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    "Stationery" and "write" have the letter "e" in them. "Stationary" doesn't.

    And "Stationary" has two a's. Interesting eh???




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    Quote Originally Posted by IWT View Post
    Or if you prefer: Cars are stationary and paper is stationery.

    Ian

    But Cars are only stationary when they's stopped or run out of gas/fuel or maybe battery charge for some these days.




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    Quote Originally Posted by bootsontrail View Post
    I checked it and got the same result: Template1 with the wrong specs.

    ...CLIP.
    If that is the case, then Word is broken and needs to be reinstalled. IF that box is checked, Word should NOT open any document on start, but should open up to a menu of templates for you to choose.

    One thought: Are you actually quitting Word after making the preferences change? And by that I mean not by clicking the red "X" but opening the Word menu and selecting "Quit."
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    If that is the case, then Word is broken and needs to be reinstalled.
    To add to that.... Office 2008 does not require activation and is very easy to reinstall. You do, however, need your serial numbers. And if I remember correctly, the Home and Student version of Office 2008 came with three serial numbers.

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    Yes, I quit Word after checking the box. When I re-opened, I got Template1 with the wrong specs.

    Finding the disc will involve an archeological dig. I don't remember if it's Office or only Word. I do remember it was for three uses; I used two.

    Ah, but I just realized I can't do that anyway cause the wonderful folks at Apple no longer put CD drives on iMacs, and I don't have a separate CD drive.

    Looks as if I'm stuck with the workaround I posted above, or every time I want a new doc, I can change the specs in Template1 to those I want and save that doc with whatever name I choose.

    Either way is annoying as hell, which is why I posted the question in the first place.

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