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Verbatim Manual

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Introduction

​​Verbatim is a template for Microsoft Word designed to facilitate paperless debating. It’s in use by the vast majority of high school and college debate programs around the US, and has been in active development for over a decade.

Verbatim comes with a built-in tutorial to teach you how to use it. But if you’re looking for more advanced instruction and tips, check out the manual below.

Requirements

Windows - Verbatim 5.3+ will work with Word 2010, Word 2013, or Word 2016.
Mac - Verbatim 5.2+ will work with Mac Word 2011 or Mac Word 2016.

Verbatim requires a “full” version of Microsoft Office (Office 365 or standalone), 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.

Installation

Problems with installation? Check the FAQ.

The automatic installer for your operating system should work for the majority of people. If you’re using a school computer that disallows installing programs, or have other issues with the installer, you can use the instructions below to perform a manual installation.

Windows

First, download the latest “Standalone” template (Debate.dotm) from the downloads page. Make sure that the file is saved as “Debate.dotm” and not “Debate (1).dotm” if you have accidentally downloaded more than one copy.

Then, move Debate.dotm to your Templates folder, usually located at:
c:\Users\[Your Name]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Templates

That’s it, Verbatim is installed! For ease of use, create a “shortcut” to Debate.dotm on your desktop (not a copy of the file itself). Optionally, you can also place additional Verbatim extensions like Timer.exe or NavPaneCycle.exe in the same Templates folder.

Mac

First, download the latest “Standalone” template (Debate.dotm) and the latest Script file (Verbatim.scpt) from the downloads page. Make sure that the files are saved e.g. as “Debate.dotm” and not “Debate (1).dotm” if you have accidentally downloaded more than one copy.

To perform a manual installation on the Mac, you just need to put Debate.dotm and Verbatim.scpt in the appropriate folders. Note that these folders may be hidden by default, so you can use Cmd+Shift+G to go directly to the locations listed before.

If you’re using Mac Word 2011, Debate.dotm should be placed in:
~/Library/Application Support/Microsoft/Office/User Templates/My Templates

If you’re using Mac Word 2016, Debate.dotm should be place in:
~/Library/Group Containers/UBF8T346G9.Office/User Content/Templates

Verbatim.scpt should be placed in:
~/Library/Application Scripts/com.microsoft.Word/

Note that you may need to manually create the folder for Verbatim.scpt - be careful to use the exact punctuation and capitalization above!

FAQ

Verbatim

What versions of Word work with Verbatim?

Windows - Verbatim 5.3+ will work with Word 2010, Word 2013, or Word 2016.

Mac - Verbatim 5.2+ will work with Mac Word 2011 or Mac Word 2016.

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.

Will Verbatim work on my tablet?

Only if your tablet runs a full version of Microsoft Office with support for VBA macros.

That means it won’t work on an iPad or an Android tablet, but should work on a Surface Pro. It also won’t work on a Surface RT - the version of Office that runs on the RT doesn’t include VBA macro support.

Will Verbatim work on a Chromebook?

No. Verbatim requires a full version of Word with support for VBA macros, which currently doesn’t run on a Chromebook.

Will Verbatim work in OpenOffice or Pages?

No, Verbatim is built as a template for Microsoft Word, so requires a full version of Word to function.

How do I completely uninstall Verbatim?

Windows:
Just run the uninstaller from Add/Remove programs. If you were using Verbatim’s “Always On” mode, you can use the “Unverbatimize Normal Template” button in the Verbatim Settings before running the uninstaller.

Alternately, to perform a manual uninstall on Windows you just need to delete the Debate.dotm file and your Normal.dotm file from your Templates folder. Word will automatically regenerate a new Normal.dotm file. The Templates folder is usually located at:
c:\Users\[Your Name]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Templates

Mac:
On the Mac, you can uninstall by deleting Debate.dotm and Normal.dotm from your My Templates folder.

If you’re using Mac Word 2011, the files are located at:
~/Library/Application Support/Microsoft/Office/User Templates/

and in the My Templates subfolder.

If you’re using Mac Word 2016, they’re in:
~/Library/Group Containers/UBF8T346G9.Office/User Content/Templates

You can also delete the Verbatim.scpt file (if present) in:
~/Library/Application Scripts/com.microsoft.Word/

You can use Cmd+Shift+G to go directly to the folders above.

Mac – I can’t run the Verbatim Installer.

Usually, this is because your security settings prohibit running installers from the internet. To fix, try running the Verbatim installer package, then go to the Apple menu - System Preferences - Security & Privacy. You’ll see a notice asking whether to allow installation to proceed.

Alternately, you can follow these instructions to change your system settings to allow installation.

Mac – The Setup Wizard opens every time I open Verbatim.

If the Setup Wizard opens every time you open Word, it’s likely due to a permissions issue with your Verbatim preferences file, usually from a previous installation.

To fix, just delete your Verbatim.plist file, which is usually located at ~/Library/Preferences/Verbatim.plist

If your Library folder is hidden by default, you can press:
Cmd + Shift + G to open the “Go” menu, and paste:
~/Library/Preferences

Then, delete Verbatim.plist

Why do I get a virus alert when I download Verbatim?

Some virus scanners (especially Norton/Symantec) may give a false positive virus alert when downloading or trying to use Verbatim.

Don’t worry, it’s completely safe - there is nothing harmful in Verbatim. It just sometimes trips an auto-detection rule when an installer contains a file with macros. If you’re still concerned, Verbatim is open source - you can read every line of code in it if you’re so inclined.

Each new release of Verbatim is submitted to antivirus companies for approval, so the alerts usually go away.

In the interim, you’re best off using your antivirus settings to “whitelist” Verbatim. You may need to reinstall Verbatim after doing so.