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    Re: Template/section problems (Word 2000 SR-1)

    Kathleen

    Attaching a template after the document has been created does not change any content whatsoever. It may change the typefaces, indentation etc but will not alter the header/footer content.

    The easiest way to get a header and footer from a standard template into an existing document is
    1. Remove all section breaks in the document. Each one carries Page Setup information along with Headers and Footers. Easily done with a search and replace.
    2. Open a new file based on the template and select the very last paragraph mark from that file and copy it.
    3. Go to the existing file and select the very last paragraph mark in that file and replace it by doing a paste.
    4. Reinstate any section breaks that you needed for page setup changes

    Reformatting existing documents is simple when you have a good template and know how to use it. A key thing to remember is to remove any local formatting so that paragraphs are exactly as the style defines them. Do this with a Select All (Ctrl-A) followed by Ctrl-Space and Ctrl-Q.

    Removing empty paragraphs is a Search and Replace looking for ^p^p and replacing with ^p
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    Re: Template/section problems (Word 2000 SR-1)

    Andrew,

    Thanks for your very clear instructions. Unfortunately, it didn't work for me. No header or footer information was copied.

    However, in the process, I got VERY intimate with those pesky devils, so I'm at least in a better position to fix the problems manually.

    I have another question re tables of contents, which I will post under a separate title.

    Thanks for your help.

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    Template/section problems (Word 2000 SR-1)

    I'm reformatting a book that requires extensive formatting re headers, footers, etc. Have created and attached a new template with the styles nec., but I need to give this back to the client for possible later use, so I want the template to be up-to-date.

    Needless to say, I am having a devil of a time getting the headers and footers working correctly, even after following the instructions in the MVP article http://www.mvps.org/word/FAQs/Customizatio...mplatePart2.htm

    Since I'm applying a template after the fact, how do I make sure the headers/footer information remains with both the doc and template when they are returned to the client?

    Having struggled with this for days, I am nearly brain-dead at this point, so I hope this is clear. <img src=/S/brainwash.gif border=0 alt=brainwash width=15 height=15>

    Also, any tips on post document creation reformatting would be helpful, as it has been very difficult to clean this mess up. For example, the doc was riddled with hyperlinks, empty paragraphs, etc.

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    Re: Template/section problems (Word 2000 SR-1)

    Kathleen,

    I'd recommend a different twist on Andrew's suggested steps:

    1. Remove all section breaks in the document. Each one carries Page Setup information along with Headers and Footers. Easily done with a search and replace.
    2. Select the entire document except the last paragraph mark and Copy.
    3. Create a new document based on the template and paste the contents of the old document into the new one - essentially you are replacing the old document with the new one.
    4. Reinstate any section breaks that you needed for page setup changes.

    Gary

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    Re: Template/section problems (Word 2000 SR-1)

    Thanks, Gary. I have it working now, but I've saved your tip for reference.

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    Re: Template/section problems (Word 2000 SR-1)

    Hi Kathleen:
    For future reference, here's one other method.
    1. Make the reformatting changes to the document, without creating any templates.
    2. Once you have your document the way you want, with all styles, header/footers, etc., save it.
    3. Now open it & press F12 (SaveAs) & save it as a template (in the "Save as type" box.
    4. Edit out anything that isn't boilerplate & save it.

    Now you'll have both a document & a template.

    Cheers,

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    Re: Template/section problems (Word 2000 SR-1)

    Now that sounds good for this kind of project. It's 100+ pages, so there was no way I could anticipate every single item that needed a style and I've been adding them as I go. It would have been much easier to format and then create the template.

    I'm usually pretty good at seeing potential problems with things, but not so good at intuiting the solution!
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