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Word: How Do I Change The Title / Template?


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#1 Richard93102

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Posted 13 November 2006 - 01:43 PM

Hi,
When I put the cursor over any Word document, the "title" shows up with the same description ("Dear xxxxx") on all documents.
How can I change that?
Thanks,
Richard

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Posted 24 November 2006 - 04:22 PM

Well i tested this and it just displayed the title of my document if you could post a more detalied description the nI could further help you if you can't wait youi might try the help files on MS word
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Posted 24 November 2006 - 05:43 PM

How do you start your new documents? Do you click on New then Blank Document, or are you using templates?

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Posted 25 November 2006 - 07:15 AM

Word titles default to the first sentence (ish) in the documents unless you enter a specific title.

To change or enter a title:

Open the document in Word
Click File
Click Properties
Click Summary

The section named Title can be changed to whatever you want.

Obviously it's easier if the title is entered when you first create the document (says she who always forgets)

I have an ancient version of Word but I'm assuming that this still applies

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Posted 25 November 2006 - 12:01 PM

drivingmecrazy:

That is certainly interesting, and I'll have to try that out.

What the initial poster was asking about was why every document shows the exact same title when he mouses over the icons or whatever. This is a rather different scenario from what you have described. Methinks that he might be deleting the material from a document then writing new text in it. This would result in an unchanged title when mousing over it, but until we know how Richard93102 creates his new documents we won't be able to pinpoint the cause of his problem.

Richard93102 awaiting your response to the questions asked earlier.

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Posted 25 November 2006 - 12:43 PM

Orange Blossom,

Absolutely take your point about waiting for the original poster to respond and I think you're right about having a 'stock' document that is just partially changed. However, this also applies to creating a template from a Word document so I thought I'd throw it into the pot for thought's sake.

I created a Word document but saved it as a template. Lo and behold the title in the template showed as the first few words of the document.

Then I created a new document based on the template. No matter what I did to the document, the title stayed the same (even deleting all the words that came from the template made no difference).

I cleared the title on the template and all documents were saved with no title.

Word help talks about fields codes and other unnecessarily complicated stuff.

Anyway, my conclusion is that whether based on normal.dot or a home-grown template the easiest way to get the correct title is to enter it on a document by document basis.

Quite happy to be shot down!

Edited by drivingmecrazy, 25 November 2006 - 12:49 PM.


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Posted 22 January 2007 - 08:26 PM

Richard, the original poster here - my sincere apologies for taking forever to come back!
However... many thanks for the advice... I tried drivingmecrazy's suggestion, and it worked!
I've been using an old doc instead of starting afresh... so I'll try to remember to do it properly in future... but at least I can change the titles of existing docs (which all came up: "Dear Sweetie-Pie..." and we're no longer together! Thus the desire to change the doc names!)
It's all good!
many thanks again.
Cheers,
Richard

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Posted 04 February 2007 - 11:19 PM

Thanks for posting back. Glad you got your problem solved.

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 07:45 PM

To solve this completely obnoxious problem, follow my instructions that I have found to be very effective.
Go to My Computer>C:Drive>Documents and Settings>[whatever your username is]>Application Data>Microsoft>Templates. Open "Normal" (leave this folder open). From the document (in Word) go to: File>Properties. Under the "title" field, you will see your "dear xxxx" title that has been invading every single one of your Word documents. Delete the characters in this field. Click "OK". Save the document as "Normal 2" (or whatever you want, I guess). Go back to the Templates folder and delete the file "Normal". Rename "Normal 2" as "Normal" (or just leave it if you like your custom name).
And there you have it, folks. It took a fifteen-year-old to solve your simple computer problems.




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