Classic / legacy FileNew Dialog removed from 1903 release please restore
The classic File New dialog from the menu versions has been available as a QAT and keyboard shortcut option until this release. Now, attempting to use it crashes Word.
Please restore access to this.
This was apparently fixed in release version 1908. Some people with earlier releases are still experiencing it.
I've updated the discussion.
Mark Lucas commented
Microsoft - you REALLY need to STOP changing template access, esp for NORMAL.DOT? WHY are you COMPELLED to cause problems with your users/customers? Why screw with features that work instead of Fixing a common spellchecker - and Print dialog - that works across All MSO products?
Put the templates BACK to where they were located in Word 2010 and allow a Custom NORMAL.dotm or .dotx file to be used. PLEASE STOP CHANGING THINGS THAT PEOPLE LIKE TO USE.
James Lockhart commented
I use this command on an almost daily basis and am puzzled why MS would think it out to be removed. Going via the File > New > Local templates route is keystroke- and time-consuming, so MS should provide at least a single-keystroke alternative. Going to the bundled templates, which are almost useless to users like me, is a royal PITA.
Further, if MS is going to disable a command, they should do it in a manner that at least doesn’t crash the program if it gets invoked! 😵 A notice to the effect of “this command no longer supported as of [date/version]” would have been nice too, since I wasted hours poking around trying to figure out why using a old and trustworthy command was crashing Word! 🤬
A discussion of this problem can be found on the Microsoft Answers site.
While I agree that this is the best way to access personal templates, you do have access to them without the classic dialog. This is discussed on my web page. Beginning with Word 2013, under File > Options > Save you can designate any folder as the default save location for new templates. You will have access to anything in that folder under File > New. You will also have access to any files in the folder set as Workgroup Templates. This involves more clicks.
This has also been reported by Jay Freedman. in Eileen's Lounge.
I am able to run the vba command in Safe mode with release 1903 Build 11425.20204.
However, even after online repair with fresh normal and no Add-ins it crashes when not in Safe mode as do keyboard shortcuts or QAT links.
The legacy FileNew Dialog is the only way I can open my personal templates to create new files. If Microsoft wants to delete this, then please provide a method to access personal/local templates. (not everyone uses the templates provided by Microsoft).
The File > New path does not give access to anything but the built-in templates.