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While most people are thrilled with the flexibility provided by the Quick Styles and seem to really like the new default look, I am frequently asked about adjusting the space on the standard paragraph in a document. Some people prefer a tighter spacing than we offer by default and some folks don't like the spacing after the paragraph. The easiest way to adjust the spacing used for the Normal paragraphs in your document is to make the changes you want in the Format Paragraph dialog box and then click the Default button located at the bottom of the dialog.
Once you've updated the various settings to give you a look that you like (by changing the theme, the fonts, the colors, the default spacing for your Normal paragraph and so on), you can store that combination to be used for all of your new documents by selecting the Set as Default command from the bottom of the Change Styles gallery as shown below.
And for those who miss the old-fashioned style control, you can add it to the QAT by using the Customize tab of the Word options dialog. For those who were wondering, the Normal style is the style that Word applies to all paragraphs when they are first created. So in a document with no other styles, all paragraphs are reported as Normal.
- Stuart J Stuple
I am not sure whether this is a bug or the result of how frames are implemented, but-- Moving a frame's anchor causes its horizontal and vertical position to change from text values (left, right, top, bottom, center, inside, or outside) to pixel values. This breaks layout when the user then changes paper size, orientation, or margins. Frames end up in the wrong place--in the middle of a paragraph, on top of each other, or in the non-printable area. The only solution is to go through and manually set each affected frame back to non-pixel positions (very tedious!) Note that text boxes do not have this problem (but I can't use them because I need field codes.) Also, when frames are already set to pixel positions, they retain their positions correctly (however, for many layouts, such as aligning to the right or bottom margin, text values are necessary.) Thanks for the blog and reading our comments!
P.S. A slight correction--even pixel values change when they are set relative to margin, column, or paragraph. It appears that all positioning is rewritten in terms of pixels relative to the page when the anchor is moved.
Hey Venkat – I’m looking into the best way for you to provide your file, but will be out of office on holiday starting this Thursday, so please forgive me if I am not able to get back to you immediately. -Jonathan
Thank you for your help! I tried out the alternative way, and it helped to succeed. But after programmatically opening the normal.dotm and applying the quickstyleset, I got very often an error that the normal.dotm is write-protected when trying to save it. So I looked for a workaround where you don't need to programmatically open normal.dotm: Dim doc As Word.Document Set doc = Documents.Add With doc .ApplyQuickStyleSet "CompanyQuickstyles" .ApplyDocumentTheme "H:\VORLAGEN\Document Themes\CompanyTheme.thmx" Application.CommandBars.ExecuteMso "QuickStylesSetAsDefault" .Close SaveChanges:=False NormalTemplate.Save End With This seems to work! But the write-protected normal.dotm looks like the same kind of issue as manually trying to save changes to a .dotm-template that is in Word's autostart folder: I *always* have to save that template with a different name, close Word and then rename the template back to its original name. So I would be happy about any hint here. I'm using Word 2007 RTM German.
Hey Francis - Thanks for your feedback on frames & textboxes. I've passed this feedback along to the necessary PM. -Jonathan