If you have ever removed/renamed a server that held a Microsoft Word template (.dot file) on then you have likely come across the following issue – once the server has gone, any documents that were created from that template take a very long time to load. To fix this you have to go into each Word document and go to the Tools menu, select Templates and AddIns, clear the template path in the Attached Template box, then save and close the document. This is fine if you have a couple of documents that have this issue but when you have hundreds it becomes a bit of a problem… so I wrote a VB.NET application that will loop through all Word documents in a specified directory and reset the template, which you can download below.
You can download this app from the following page (you must have .NET Framework 2.0 or above and Microsoft Word 2003 or later installed before you run the program) :
As always – if you have any suggestions, problems or general feedback on this application then please leave a comment on this post or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org