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    Word Styles (Word 97 SR2)

    I have an interview with a major law firm in England, and need to do a presentation on Styles in Word 97
    As a 20 minute mini training session
    Creating styles to include paragraph numbering
    Apply the styles created to a document
    Create a Table of Contents using the styles

    I want to get as much info as possible on custom styles etc. Can anybody provide addition links etc

    thank you

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    Re: Word Styles (Word 97 SR2)

    Microsoft's: <A target="_blank" HREF=http://officeupdate.microsoft.com/legal/styles.asp>http://officeupdate.microsoft.com/legal/styles.asp</A>

    Microsoft Word MVPs: <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.mvps.org/word/Search/index.html>http://www.mvps.org/word/Search/index.html</A>

    You'll also find lots of references to Word styles by looking through some Word tutorials. How to find? Go to yahoo and type in "Word tutorial" (with the quotes) into the search. The other day, I found a half-dozen or so that looked presentable to newbies.

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    Re: Word Styles (Word 97 SR2)

    If you search through the WOW archives i'm sure there was a series of articles about styles and numbering, especially for law firms.
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    Re: Word Styles (Word 97 SR2)

    Carlos,

    Is the interview for an in-house training position (where you'll be given further training on delivering training on this material), or is it for a training spot as a contractor (where a high level of expertise is required)?

    The fact that you're seeking additional knowhow is great and should only be encouraged, but a note of realism seems required (I work for a major UK law firm - albeit in their NY office - and a (small) part of my job is to deliver Word training and train trainers on delivering Word training, so I feel entitled to put my two cents in <g>):

    There is no way to adequately train the topics listed in a 20 minute session. If the person interviewing you is unaware of that, then you as a qualified trainer should be aware of that and be able to communicate that to the interviewer.

    If I were a Word user and the outside trainer training me on custom styles was not a seasoned Word user, I would feel cheated, and I would feel that my firm had made a bad choice in choosing a trainer.

    The questions you're asking indicate that you're not (yet) qualified to deliver training on these topics. No reason why not sometime in the future, but not yet.

    If I'm misunderstanding the situation then I apologize for butting in; it's just a sensitive topic!

    Gary

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    Re: Word Styles (Word 97 SR2)

    The interview is for a job as an Support and training role. I am already an existing trainer and very familar with Word as I teach up to advanced level.

    However I am aware that law firms make extensive use of styles and many make there own custom "house" styles.

    I just wish to get a greater understanding from a law firms perspective. Hence the post. I believe the 20 minute session is to discuss styles and there implementation. This tends to be the one area where word is pushed out and fully utilised by law firms.

    The questions being asked are those on the interview brief from the law firm, not my words.

    I hope I have eased your worries.

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    Re: Word Styles (Word 97 SR2)

    Thanks - you did ease my worries, and I apologize for being such a hard case! (unfortunately there are a lot of dilettante trainers out there, and it strikes a nerve!)

    There really isn't a single monoculture approach among law firms - you'll see everything from no styles and templates to very customized approaches.

    A couple of places to look for more info: if you can track them down in the Woody's Office Watch archives, over the past few years Bob Blacksberg has had occasional series of columns about use of Word in law firms - they are very insightful.

    The books on Word in law firms by Payne Consulting get good reviews - their website is also worth a look.

    And if you run into specific questions, post them here.

    Good luck with your interview - hope you get it!

    Gary

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    Re: Word Styles (Word 97 SR2)

    I used to work for a software training company that specialized in training law firms to use office... we came out with a book that I mentioned in the <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.wopr.com/cgi-bin/w3t/showflat.pl?Cat=&Board=book&Number=4382&page=1&vie w=collapsed&sb=5&o=0&fpart=> books forum</A>. "Perfect Access Guide to Microsoft Word2000 A complete Reference for Legal, Financial and Business Professionals." It goes over styles extensively, focusing in on how law firms utilize styles.
    hope that helps
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    Re: Word Styles (Word 97 SR2)

    Carlos, you should also check the various postings on this site under the WORD thread for those by Charles Kenyon. He has a website that contains significant WORD material relevant to the legal profession. HTH

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    Re: Word Styles (Word 97 SR2)

    See , as well as <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.addbalance.com/usersguide/numbering.htm> Legal Numbering and the articles referenced in those two. Other articles that are linked in those two that would be especially valuable would be Word's Numbering Explained by John McGhie and How to Create a Template, Part 2, also by Mr. McGhie.
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    Re: Word Styles (Word 97 SR2)

    <P ID="edit" class=small>Edited by gwhitfield on 14-Oct-01 21:42.</P>url tags added
    Carlos,

    Woody's Office Watch has had an ongoing series of articles called "The Word of Law" by Bob Blacksberg covering the use of Word in legal offices. Back copies are available at:

    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.woodyswatch.com/office/archives.asp>http://www.woodyswatch.com/office/archives.asp</A>

    Hope this Helps!

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    Re: Word Styles (Word 97 SR2)

    I prepared a descriptive index to these articles for my own use. You can find it at <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.addbalance.com/usersguide/wordoflawindex.htm> Word of Law Index</A> (addbalance.com/usersguide/wordoflawindex.htm).
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    Re: Word Styles (Word 97 SR2)

    Hi,

    Thanks Charles - your efforts certainly make those articles more readily available. And even more to checkout on your site!

    Regards!

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