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When it comes to questions about Word, we have an idea that what you really want is someone who comes in the box, maybe with a lab coat and a pocket protector—someone who can provide all the answers you need, whenever you need them. We asked Jonathan to stand in by phone, but he was unwilling to make his cell phone number available.
Without access to Jonathan 24/7/366 (!), we'd like to try a kind of question and answer post. It might not have the answer to your question right now. Then again, it might. Or you might read something that will be of use to you in the future.
I'm starting this effort with the first Q & A blog post. My name is Joannie Stangeland, and I edit help content for Word. I also write some content, and I've been known to pester program managers about various features and how they work.
This time, we're taking a look at styles. We received quite a few questions about Styles in Word 2007. These are not even all of them, and we'll try to take up a few more in the future. We also have some questions about revision marks and page numbering.
Finally, you can find a list of online Help articles that may provide more information or the answers to your questions that we haven't covered here.
Here we go:
You can change the way a particular style looks, or you can change all instances of one style to a different style.
Change the look of a style
The short way:
The dialog box way:
This takes a little more time (one more step), but the Modify Style dialog box provides more information and more options (for example, that New documents based on this template option).
Change all instances of a style to a different style
Let's say that you decide all your Heading 1 headings really need to be at the Heading 2 level. You can make this change with just a couple of clicks—handy when you're reorganizing a document.
I hope that covers it. If not, stay tuned.
By default, Word 2007 doesn't do this. No longer do you see every little formatting change listed in the Styles task pane. However, if the default setting has been changed and Word is listing all of your formatting work, you can change this setting in the options for the Styles task pane.
However, styles are still the best way to ensure a consistent look throughout your document. If you're going to reuse that formatting in other places, consider creating a separate style that you can use whenever you need it.
Press CTRL+ALT+SHIFT+S to close the task pane. This key combination acts as a toggle, so you can also use it to open the task pane again.
If you get stuck, and you can't get the style of your selected text to change, click the More arrow in the Styles group, and then click Clear Formatting. It's like starting with a clean canvas.
The More arrow looks like this:
[Edit: Removed an incorrect description of Automatically Update. ]
Hi Stuart, I appreciate your answer but I'd really like to happen something at MS soon so they concentrate on making more stable and (because of that) more user-friendly Office software again. Just remember my citation on Apple above again. Regarding the doc-not-deleted-after-conversion/wrong dialog there would be surely better ways to satisfy customer needs. If some customers really want this behaviour why not make an migration options dialog letting companies decide if they want to delete the docs after conversion, what should be written in the dialog, etc. - separately for local and network stored documents. Actually I don't think the majority of customers is even aware of the current behaviour and its consequences yet. Regarding support agreements - we actually buyed professional support just to report bugs for Office 2007 to MS. Of course it's nice for MS to be paid for bugs but that's not customer friendly at all, is it? And I guess conveying many of my concerns via professional support would be something we would have to pay for - because they are design decisions not bugs and only bug reports are free. It's not customer friendly either that the doc-conversion issue is well-known at MS but there's (except for the comments in this blog) no documentation about it - a public knowledge base article would be the least one would expect about this issue! I'm sure there would be workarounds for most of the issues of OFC.EXE - maybe even with some complex batch scripts as well. But that's not what customers want. It should work reasonably out of the box. However one of the reasons MS decided to not delete converted files is the amount of issues occuring with conversion. I.e. just yesterday I had one more regarding Excel. I've drawn some arcs and lines into a worksheet using Excel 2000. I opened the xls with Excel 2007 just to find out the arcs where no real arcs anymore (I could not make the arc longer using the yellow drag points). This worked just with new arcs created with Excel 2007. However I decided to convert the file just for fun to xlsm. Guess what - it was not readable anymore, Excel 2007 tried to repair its own just converted file but did not succeed. I could report this to MS support if I can reproduce it but I'm not sure I want to. According to my previous experience with MS support reporting things seems lots of lost time with no results. If bugs told to MS support get not fixed why should they act on design request? So people will eventually give up reporting things or think as I did long time - the bug is so OBVIOUS that it'll be fixed! So it's hard for an issue to raise from 0,000000001 percent to just 1 percent in MS' point of view. -- 0,000000001 percent
I am assembling a book of magazine articles into a book and to submit them as a single file to the publisher. Using the 'Insert' command I added each article to the end of the previous article to put them in order in one long file. When I got done I had a manuscript that was backwards. That is the title page and first chapter were ar the end of the file. Everything was in perfect order - backwards. Is there anyway to "flip" the order of these chapters to bring chapter 1 to the begining? If not how can I get this done? Thanks a lot,
Why won't my word 2007 perform spell check? I have it set up to automatically check. Thanx A
What happens if you try manual spell check? Does it work?
Hi Joannie, I am a new user in the manufacturing environment. I would like to create what we call a "setup sheet" that has editable fields for specific information. I have created a document using the insert table function and have it set up pretty much like i want. Now i would like to make certain fields un-editable and also have the TAB key skip over these fields to the editable field next to it that has specific info. HELP