Skip to site navigation

Word templates in WTS - normal.dot

Central filestore
Virus scanning in WTS
Microsoft Word training
General virus information

About normal.dot

We routinely scan the Central Filestores in order to reduce the number of computer viruses at UCL. We have found that 88% of infected files contain Word macro viruses, which work by infecting Word templates.

Word uses template files to define the basic look of your Word documents, E.g that it uses Ariel, size 12 font, with set margins etc. The default template file loaded every time you start up Word is called normal.dot and this is located in the N:\MyWork\WordDocuments\Templates\ folder in WTS.

Unfortunately, virus writers use normal.dot as the distribution point of Word macro viruses. Once an infected document has been opened, normal.dot becomes contaminated, which in turn infects all documents opened until normal.dot has been disinfected.

To help combat the propagation of Word macro viruses, your normal.dot file is replaced with a fresh copy each time you login to WTS.

If you have not made any changes to your default Word template, no action is required.

Create your own normal.dot

If you want to use your own Word template as your default (with your own font styles, margins etc), you must create a new template called MyNormal.dot and save it in the N:\MyWork\WordDocuments\MyTemplates\ folder.

The WTS system will check for the file:

N:\MyWork\WordDocuments\MyTemplates\MyNormal.dot

If you have created your own template file in your WTS account this MyNormal.dot file will be copied across and will overwrite your N:\MyWork\WordDocuments\Templates\normal.dot as you login to WTS. If you have not created a MyNormal.dot file, then a default Word template from the WTS system will be used instead.

Many users may have already made changes to their default template. To avoid any modifications you have already made to normal.dot being lost, a copy of the file will be saved to N:\MyWork\WordDocuments\MyTemplates\OldNormal.dot, the first time you login after the implementation of the new policy. If you wish to use this file as your default template, rename it to MyNormal.dot.

Page last modified on 04 oct 10 10:57