I write novels and ignore Word's styles. I insert chapter headings and a hatchmark character for story breaks where needed in their own fonts and centered.
Periodically, I'll open Word and all those special fonts and centering has disappeared and I have to spend half an hour going through the book and replacing them.
Right now, it's Word 2007 but I remember it happening in previous versions as well.
I save documents as Word 97-2003 documents (.doc files) but show no compatibility issues.
Is there any solution to this longstanding aggravation?