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    Very inconsistent formatting when pasting between (12.0.6331.5000 SP1 MSO (12.0.6320.5000))

    I have no idea what strain of crack Word 2007 is smoking, but it must be heap
    strong. Many times, when I am pasting text from docx to another, and when
    each doc has the same formatting (i.e., Arial 10, single spacing, etc.), the
    formatting will go ape **** in the receiving document. Numbered lists will be
    doublespaced, the original font hierarchy (Arial 12 bold for a subheading,
    and Arial 10 normal for body text) will be Arial 12 bold throughout,
    subheading font colors will go from 0, 0, 128 in the original to 0, 0, 0 in
    the receiving doc. Wtf is going on here, especially if both docs share the
    same formatting properties?

    I have tried any and all variations of Word Options>Advanced>Cut, copy, and
    paste settings, but the above problems, in one form or another, still remain.

    Any input would be appreciated. Thanks.

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    Re: Very inconsistent formatting when pasting between (12.0.6331.5000 SP1

    Is it possible that you have different style definitions in the different documents.

    For example if you copy Normal text from a document where Normal is defined as 10pt Arial and past it into a document where Normal is defined as 12pt Times New Roman then it will change to match the target document Normal style, even if the rest of the target document has been manually formatted to 10pt Arial.

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    Re: Very inconsistent formatting when pasting between (12.0.6331.5000 SP1

    Right, I'm aware of that. Thing is, that can be changed from within Advanced>Cut, copy, and paste to keep source formatting. Addtionally, I am confirming that the location in the destination document is say Arial 10, as is the format of the source text I am about to paste. Actually, what I am about to paste has two headers- the top is Arial 12 bold, the next is Arial 10 bold, and the normal text below that is Arial 10 normal, black font (other two are 0, 0, 128 font). When I paste, the entire section is rendered in Arial 12, 0, 0, 128 font color...so somewhere in this pasting process, Word is enforcing the top source style of Arial 12 bold onto the entire section. Confused because a) the formatting definition wasn't present throughout the source document and wasn't present in the destination document.

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    Re: Very inconsistent formatting when pasting between (12.0.6331.5000 SP1

    If you copy individual paragraphs does it work? If you copy multiple paragraphs assigned a single style does it work? In other words, is the problem limited to copying multiple items with two or more paragraph styles assigned?

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    Re: Very inconsistent formatting when pasting between (12.0.6331.5000 SP1

    yeah, indiv. paragraphs are not so problematic, but entire sections, with 2 or 3 different heading/paragraph styles, gives Word the fits.

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    Re: Very inconsistent formatting when pasting between (12.0.6331.5000 SP1

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by jscher2000 on 06-Feb-09 10:55. Mo info.)</P>What do you think about pre-setting the styles in the receiving document to match the source? In the old days, you could use the Organizer dialog to copy styles from any document or template into the current document. This could be automated via macro. I don't have Office 2007 on this PC, so I don't know exactly what they did with that function, but I suspect it still exists and can be manipulated in code.

    Added: The VBA method is named OrganizerCopy. If you Google that, you could find some code samples. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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