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    Importing styles (W97, WinNT4)

    Pls could someone tell me how I import styles from one template to another without having to go through the normal.dot? When I go to the Organizer I can only transfer between one template and the Normal.dot, not between two templates.

    I is confuggulated!

    Any help gratefully received.
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    Re: Importing styles (W97, WinNT4)

    Hi Beryl,

    In the Organizer dialog, under the list of styles from normal.dot, is a button to close the template. Close it and the button will become one to open a template. Open a different template.

    Remember when copying styles to copy all of the styles you want to copy once, then again, then yet a third time. This is necessary to preserve style linking. You can select multiple styles for copying using the Shift key and/or the Ctrl key when you click on additional styles. For more on styles, take a look at <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.addbalance.com/usersguide/styles.htm> Understanding Styles in Microsoft Word</A> (addbalance.com/usersguide/styles.htm).

    Hope this helps,
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    Re: Importing styles (W97, WinNT4)

    <P ID="edit" class=small>Edited by Phil Rabichow on 31-Dec-01 12:10.</P>Hi Beryl:
    Charles advice is excellent, but in case you're wondering why you may need more than one copy operation, it's because styles are copied in alphabetical order. If you have StyleA based on a user defined StyleB, when you copy styles, Word will copy StyleA first & base it on the normal style (unless StyleB already exists in the target template). You would need to copy StyleB first, & then StyleA. Rather than figure out all the different "based on" properties, Charles method keeps copying styles until all the base styles exist in the target template. If you have enough levels of "based on", you might need to copy more than 3 times.

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    Well, let me modify the above. I just double checked in Word 2000. Apparently, Word now checks & will copy based on styles in the correct order. I just checked this going 3 levels deep. Also, I noticed that a KB article <A target="_blank" HREF=http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;q113106>here</A>, describing the limitation, says it only applies to Word 97 & earlier. Whether it works all the time... <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>

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    Re: Importing styles (W97, WinNT4)

    Hi Phil,

    I've had them 10 levels deep of based-on and copying three times will do it. Once you have the styles selected, hitting the Copy button a couple of more times isn't that hard. As you pointed out, the key is to have it so that when a style is copied to the new document / template its based-on style exists and has its own links working. The first copy gets them to exist. The second copy sets the links and the third copy apparently aligns everything.
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    Re: Importing styles (W97, WinNT4)

    Many thanks, Phil and Chas! It works a treat. I had to copy three times since we're still using W97 in the office, but it was the fact that when you click 'Close File' it becomes 'Open File' that I hadn't spotted before.

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