Hello all, W7 & MS Office / Word 2007. Here is the issue: I have the Normal.dot template modified to my liking (Times New Roman 14pt, etc). When I open Word using a desktop shortcut, the template that opens contains all my modifications. Great. But I often write guides in folders that are buried levels deep... in these cases it is more convenient to start Word via the shell context menu... a right-click inside a folder -> New -> MS Word and Word opens right where I want to save the file. BUT when I invoke Word via the shell menu it uses a default MS template (Calibri 11 pts, 1.5 spacing, etc.) NOT the modified "Normal.dot" template. I modify the MS template, tick to make it for all future docs, and also click the "Change Styles" -> Set As default. But the next time I open Word via the shell menu, I get the default MS template... not the modified one. If the default MS template the shell menu calls cannot be modified, is there a reg key (string) I can add to tell Word to open using the Normal.dot template, when invoked via the shell menu? Or is there any other way to accomplish what I want? (i.e. open Word via shell using modified template like the desktop shortcut uses) ...? THANKS for any help!!!!