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The Normal.rtf Style Template

Every custom template or document you create is automatically based on the 'Normal.rtf template' file. This is an external file that provides default styles, numbering and other base formats, such as the default list numbering, MasterList. You can edit the Normal.rtf file to apply your own default styles to the documents and templates you create. You also have the options of:

  • Editing selected styles within a template, so that reports or documents created from that template always have those different styles
  • Using the standard Stylesheets or creating custom Stylesheets, to optionally apply to any document report you generate independent of the template you are using

The Normal.rtf template is stored in %APPDATA%\Sparx Systems\EA\RTF Templates.

Edit Normal.rtf



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Open the Document Template Designer and create a new template called, for example, Normal.

Design Custom Document Templates


Select the 'Document-Edit > File > File > Import File' menu option to import the Normal.rtf file into the Normal template.

Import a Document Template


Modify the Normal template style definitions as you want, and remove any text before you save the template.

Styles, Special Text and Table of Contents


Export the modified template ('Document-Edit > File > File > Save As (Export to File))' back into the Normal.rtf file in the RTF Templates folder. The modified styles will be applied to all documents and templates you create from now on.

File Control


  • You must not edit the SSbookmark style; this defines the section styles and must be preserved
  • A related feature in the Document Editor is the 'Update Styles' context menu option, which you select to update an existing template to reflect any changes to Normal.rtf, or to apply a standard Stylesheet to the template

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