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    Styles

    Is there anyway to remove the default built in styles from a newly created template in Word 2000? I am trying to remove Heading 1-9 and all other styles except Normal.

    many thanks

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    Re: Styles

    Well, I tried in vain to find a post I put up very similar to this but I fear it was lost in the Old/New Lounge. [img]/w3timages/icons/sad.gif[/img]
    Luckily, I printed out the information and I'll re-type the part I think may be valuable to you here [img]/w3timages/icons/smile.gif[/img]

    This is paraphrased from a post from Andrew Lockton:

    -Check out the help topic titled "Delete a style". This may give you a few helpful pointers or at least an explination.

    -Create a new template from scratch using a blank document and bring in all the code, styles, content etc. If you never visit the higher levels of headings they won't appear.

    **I should note that I was just trying to hide heading styles 4-9 from the drop-down list, so you may have to find another way around headings 1-3. I should also mention that this was for W97. Hopefully the same holds true for W2K.**

    I hope this helps... I know it helped me a lot in figuring out the rhyme and reason behind the darn heading styles.

    have fun

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    Re: Styles

    Thank you for all your help.

    I have already tried your suggestions, the problem is that if I try to remove any Heading 1-9 it returns the message "The built in style Heading X cannot be deleted".
    Surely there must be a way around this as I have seen templates but only two or three styles.

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    I know exactly what you mean. (darn built in headings...)

    What you have to do is create a new template (File-New-Template) This will bring in Headings 1-3, Normal and Default Paragraph Font in the style drop-down list. As far as I've seen, You can't get rid of these styles.

    From there, you can modify the styles to fit your needs. As long as you don't use Heading 4-9 you'll never see them in your document. Once you use them though... you can't take them out. You'll have to create another template from scratch and bring only the styles you want to keep over using the Style Organizer button.

    Anyone who knows why MS in all their wisdom decided to hook Word up like this, I'd love to hear the explanation... better yet, a way to turn this "feature" off!!

    Hope that helps.
    have fun

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    Re: Styles

    Have a look at this post and the attached MS link. Seems an awful long way around but it can be done a couple of different ways.

    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.wopr.com/cgi-bin/w3t/showthreaded.pl?Cat=&Board=wrd&Number=6452&page=&v iew=&sb=&vc=1#Post6452>Phil Rabichow's post a month or so ago</A>
    Andrew Lockton, Chrysalis Design, Melbourne Australia

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    Re: Styles

    These will only delete standard styles OTHER than the 5 that can't die:
    normal
    Heading 1
    Heading 2
    Heading 3
    Default Paragraph Font (character style)

    You can modify those styles in a document or in a normal template, but you can't delete them. You can't EVEN rename them.

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    Re: Styles

    I understand your wanting to remove the heading styles, but you probably don't want to be using the normal style either!

    The heading styles give you a built-in automatic Table of Contents with very little work.

    For a solid understanding of the fundamentals of using styles I recommend your taking a look at:


    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.mvps.org/word/FAQs/Customization/CreateATemplatePart2.htm>http://www.mvps.org/word/FAQs/Customizatio...mplatePart2.htm</A>
    The downloadable version of this article has a template that is invaluable if you plan on using the bullet or numbering features of Word which won't work right if they are not bound into styles.

    See <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.addbalance.com/usersguide/styles.htm>http://www.addbalance.com/usersguide/styles.htm</A> for more on styles.

    See <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.addbalance.com/usersguide/styles.htm#verticalscrollbars>http://www.addbalance.com/usersguide/style...ticalscrollbars</A> for more on how to use styles in navigating within a document.

    Sorry for not giving an answer to your question, but the others are right that there is no way to get rid of those. The thing is that it feels as if you are trying to replace the engine on a Ferrari with the motor from a riding lawn mower. (I'm not criticizing, this might be a good idea if you had a teenage driver.) Styles really are the heart of Word.
    Charles Kyle Kenyon
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    Re: Styles

    Thank you all for your help, much appreciated.

    Regards

    John

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