Microsoft Word 2003
I recently have been hit by this problem several times. I'll record a macro, then load normal.dot to edit the macro. But I can't edit the macro, and I receive that error message.
In 2009, I have been hit by this problem several times. After Googling a bit, I did not find much in the way of useful suggestions.
My simple solution:
Do NOT load Word, then try to open normal.dot by browsing to that file. It appears that when Word is loaded first, Word is locking normal.dot so that it can not be edited. The simple solution is to browse to normal.dot, and click on it in Windows Explorer, which will launch Word. Then you can use Tools / Macro / Macros to choose which macro you want to edit.
My brute force solution:
Last modified: November 28, 2011