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​​Verbatim is a template for Microsoft Word designed to facilitate paperless debating. It's in use by the vast majority of college debate programs, as well as almost every summer high school debate institute. Verbatim 4+ is completely compatible with the Open Paperless Project – which means you can seamlessly use evidence from Verbatim with other OPP compatible templates.

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The Mac version is now compatible with Word 2016! Some features have been disabled pending updates by Microsoft, but all core functionality should work. Verbatim features are now found on the "Addins" tab of the ribbon.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are using some versions of Norton/Symantec Anti-virus, you may get a false positive virus alert when downloading or trying to use Verbatim. There is nothing harmful in Verbatim - it just trips an auto-detection rule when an installer contains a file with macros. I have contacted Symantec, and this should be resolved in the next update of their virus definitions, but in the interim, you're best off either disabling Norton (which is unnecessary and terrible anyway), or configuring your Norton settings to "whitelist" Verbatim. You may need to reinstall Verbatim after doing so.

IMPORTANT NOTE #2: If after installing the Mac version, the Setup Wizard opens every time you open Word, even after going through all the steps, you just need to delete your Verbatim.plist file, which is usually located at ~/Library/Preferences/Verbatim.plist

Note: Verbatim requires a "full" version of Microsoft Office (Office 365 or regular), which includes support for VBA Macros. It will not work with the Office Starter Pack, Office Home and Student, Office RT (e.g. for the Surface tablet), Office for iPad, or Office for Android.

​Verbatim 5 - New Features

Verbatim 5 is an enormous upgrade with dozens of new features and many bug fixes. It's been rewritten from scratch and optimized for Word 2013 (PC) or Word 2011/2016 (Mac).

Some of the highlights include:
*Automatic update checks to ensure you always have the latest version
*A setup wizard, troubleshooter for common problems, and a built-in interactive tutorial
*Caselist upload wizard - automatically combine speech docs, parse out cite entries, and upload docs to the wiki
*Built-in emailer for speech docs that automatically detects your opponents and judges
*Improved in-round features - like the ability to choose any document for a speech doc, automatically arrange windows, and estimate speech times
*Vastly improved Virtual Tub system - paste the contents of your documents without opening them
*Integrated full-text search capability
*Coauthoring functions improved to allow direct bi-directional access to PaDS from Word
​*Built-in audio recording - keep an archive of every speech
*Integrated OCR functionality for locked PDF's, google books, etc. (PC Only)
*An automatic underliner that underlines a card based on the tag

PC - Word 2010 or Word 2013. Word 2007 is not supported.
Mac - Word 2011 or Word 2016. Word 2008 is not supported.

Verbatim 5.1 (PC Only) Updates

Version 5.1 fixes several dozen minor bugs that cropped up with 5.0. You can see the full list in the changelog.txt file in your Templates Folder. Highlights:
*Fixed a variety of VTub errors when refreshing or adding files
*Fixed errors with the Stats form display and conflict with Invisibility Mode
*Small bug fixes to Cite Request and Wikify functions that were getting stuck in infinite loops or missing some cards
*New AutoNumber and DeNumber functions for tags
*New FixFakeTags feature to solve people using F8 instead of F7
*Solved Word interface corruption bug caused by Explorer Preview pane and included features to disable it
*Updated PaDS functions to use a better authentication method and replace the old PaDS Setup Tool and Nuke ODC utilities
*Included option to return to old paragraph spacing style
*Fixed "Override Pilcrows" setting so it actually suppresses them
*Updated GetFromCiteMaker script to work with multiple paragraphs

Verbatim 5.1.1 (PC Only) Update

*Updated a URL to enable tabroom integration features

​​Other Downloads

​​Verbatim Manual – Old manual for version 4.6. New online manual for version 5.0 coming soon.

Cite Maker​ - Chrome extension for automatically generating cites.


Verbatim 5.1.1 Standalone Template (PC) – For performing a manual installation on the PC if the above package doesn’t work for you.

NavPaneCycle.exe - Utility for cycling heading levels in the Word Navigation Pane. PC only, for performing a standalone installation.

Timer.exe​ - Most recent version of Alex Gulakov’s Debate Synergy Timer. PC only, for performing a standalone installation.​


Verbatim 5.2 Standalone Template (Mac)​ – For performing a manual installation on the Mac if the above package doesn’t work for you. 

Verbatim 5.2 Script File (Mac Word 2016 Only) - Must be placed in your ~/Library/Application Scripts/​ folder to enable certain features in Verbatim 5.2.

Older Versions


​Verbatim 5.1 Automatic Installer (PC)

Verbatim 5.1 Standalone Template (PC)​

​Verbatim 5.0 Automatic Installer (PC)

Verbatim 5.0 Standalone Template (PC)​

Verbatim 4.6 Automatic Installer (PC)

Verbatim 4.6 Standalone Template (PC) – For performing a manual installation on the PC if the above package doesn’t work for you.


​Verbatim Mac 5.0 Automatic Installer (Mac Word 2011 Only)

Verbatim Mac 5.0 Standalone Template (Mac Word 2011 Only)​

​Verbatim Mac 4.6 Automatic Installer (Mac)

Verbatim Mac 4.6 Standalone Template (Mac)​

Verbatim Mac 4.5.1 Automatic Installer (Mac)​