How to Change a Template in a Word Document

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Word documents, including blank documents that use the Normal template, are associated with a template. If you choose the wrong template or suddenly desire to change or reassign a document’s template, follow these steps:

  1. Open the document that needs a new template attached.
  2. Click the “File tab”.
  3. On the File screen, choose the “Options” command.
  4. The “Word Options” dialog box appears.
  5. Choose “Add-Ins” from the left side of the “Word Options” dialog box.
  6. Choose “Templates” from the Manage drop-down list.
    You’ll find the Manage drop-down list near the bottom of the dialog box.
  7. Click the [Go] button.
  8. The “Templates and Add-ins” dialog box appears.
    You should see which template is attached to the document, such as  Normal.
  9. Click the [Attach] button.
  10. Word displays the “Attach Template” dialog box, which looks and works like
    the Open dialog box.
  11. Navigate to the template you want to attach.
    The templates listed are stored on your computer, so you don’t see the full range
    of templates that you would find on the new screen.
  12. Click the [Open] button. The template is attached to your document.
  13. Ensure that the option “Automatically Update Document Styles” is ticked.
    Updating styles means that your document’s current styles
    are changed to reflect those of the new template, which is probably what you want.
  14. Click [OK].

Office 2019 wanted to install updates

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When I tried to open Word, I had a little fright today. Office wanted to install updates and couldn’t, the update kept erroring.

It is Wednesday, and Windows updates has been applied.

My Office Pro Plus 2019 always worked, until today, when it tried to update itself.
A dialog box was displayed saying “Updating office, please wait a moment” but after a minute or two, an application error box appeared with error 0xc0000142 “application unable to start correctly.”

I tried to repair the Office App, but it said that Word was open and asked me to re-boot my system and try again. After rebooting:

  1. Right-click the Windows-Logo Icon,
    select “Apps and Features” top entry on the list.
  2. Find and Click on the “Office 2019 …” icon and
    select [Modify]
  3. Accept “Do you want to allow this App to make changes …”
  4. Choose “Quick Repair” and click [Repair].

The repair will take a little while and should came back to you saying that the repair was successful.

If it couldn’t be repaired use the “Online Repair”.
This should fix all issues, but it takes longer and requires an internet connection throughout the repair. Only use that option if the “Quick Repair” didn’t work.

NOTE: Online repair will probably uninstall Office Pro Plus versions. So, if you have no way of reinstalling your Office Pro Plus do NOT use online repair.

Luckily my Quick Repair worked. And I can breathe a sigh of relief.


Microsoft Office Word 2016 – Custom Dictionaries

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I don’t know about you but I regularly add word to my “spelling checker” mainly to get rid of the red-wave-underlining that clutters the main mistakes. So, I add names of people and other words, but sometimes I add a wrong word and now need to remove it from the dictionary.

This is how to get to and modify your Custom Dictionary:

1. Open the proofing options:

· In most Office programs: Click File > Options > Proofing.

· In Outlook: Click File > Options > Mail > Spelling and Autocorrect > Proofing.

· In InfoPath: Click Home > Spelling > Check Spelling Options.

2. Make sure the Suggest from main dictionary only check box is cleared.

3. Click Custom Dictionaries.

All dictionaries (if you have more than one) are listed here, with the default dictionary at the top.