@Patrick, the reason I made the strong statements is that what the OP is seeing is NOT how Word should work. But he has done so many unorthodox things with documents named "Template" and templates stored all over the place that I think Word is not working properly at a fundamental level. The final straw was that even though he had changed the preferences to be to open the document picker instead of defaulting to a document, it didn't take that change in the preferences and work that way. That symptom makes me think something fundamental is wrong in Word as it is currently configured on his system. Given that Word puts "stuff" all over the place, a la Windows, it just seemed very likely that a complete, fresh install would get Word back to working fundamentally correctly and then we can tackle the Normal.dotm issue without Word throwing curves every move.Quote:
I'm curious and a bit leery of such a strong statements that a clean install of MS Office 2008 is actually going to fix the problem.
But if the OP is content with the workaround, then there is no need to do anything more.