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    Re: Creating Master document

    A manual method would be to create a new document and insert the existing documents one by one (using Insert|File), creating a "next page" section break between them. You should be able to tell fairly quickly whether the portrait/landscape property, which can vary from section to section, is properly being preserved. (Or maybe you didn't really care about that). Does this do it?

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    Re: Creating Master document

    Whatever you do, talk your boss out of Master Documents. It's corruption waiting to happen. If you saw the other posts on Master Documents, you must have seen that advice.

    Another quick way to get all the documents into a single doc is to use the {INCLUDETEXT} field. If all the documents are in the same folder you could:
    1. Insert the first field, keeping field codes showing
    2. Copy & paste it 14 times, inserting a paragraph in between each.
    3. Change just the last filename in each of the 14 pastes.
    4. Select & update them. (press F9)
    5. Select them & press Ctrl+Shift+F9 (unlinks them).

    The syntax for the field is:
    {INCLUDETEXT "C:My Documentsfoldersubfolderetc.filename1.doc" }

    Hope this helps.

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    Re: Creating Master document

    Tou might like check out <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.tech-tav.com/MacroFnc.htm>Tech-Tav1</A> - it offers a Template/Macro that may help with your problem. I have just stumbled upon it so have not had time to check it out, but it sounds promising.

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    Andrew C.

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    Re: Creating Master document

    Advice on creating a master document.

    Same as Mr Punch's advice to those contemplating marriage "Don't!" [img]/w3timages/icons/laugh.gif[/img][img]/w3timages/icons/laugh.gif[/img][img]/w3timages/icons/laugh.gif[/img][img]/w3timages/icons/laugh.gif[/img][img]/w3timages/icons/laugh.gif[/img][img]/w3timages/icons/laugh.gif[/img][img]/w3timages/icons/laugh.gif[/img]
    David Grugeon
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    Re: Creating Master document

    Repeating what others have said:
    The consensus among those offering advice on the microsoft Word newsgroups is that using the Master Document feature is a sure way to destroy your document. It can destroy parts of your document that you are not even working on! I think John McGhie said it succinctly when he said that there are two kinds of Master Documents: Those that are corrupt and those that will be corrupt soon. See (www.addbalance.com/word/masterdocuments.htm) for information on the Master Document feature and workarounds. See <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.mvps.org/word/FAQs/General/WhyMasterDocsCorrupt.htm>Why Master Documents Corrupt (http://www.mvps.org/word/FAQs/Genera...ocsCorrupt.htm) for more information on what goes wrong, and <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.mvps.org/word/FAQs/General/RecoverMasterDocs.htm>How to Recover Master Documents</A> (http://www.mvps.org/word/FAQs/Genera...MasterDocs.htm) for ideas on how to salvage what you can. (Should make interesting reading for your boss.)

    Hope this helps.
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    Re: Creating Master document

    > Why Master Documents Corrupt


    Excellent reading. Thanks for this.

    I can understand that MSoft couldn't get it right, but for the life of me I can't see why a good designer couldn't get in there and sort it out.

    If I back off one level and think of "conflicts" within the various settings, it ought to be straightforward to make a general statement of principle "where two settings conflict, the first one takes precedence" and/or "if two settings are irrecconcilable, defaults take over" or some such.

    After all, WITHOUT master documents, some sort of default is in place. Adding master Document complexity requires policing.


    I mean all this in the spirit of "If we can't control what our computer is doing, we're in trouble". There really ought to be NO problem in computing that can't be solved (except for those posed by Turing et al. MSoft isn't CLOSE to being in their league).

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    Creating Master document

    I'm sure this is in the manual somewhere, but the only manual I have is the online help. Someone has helpfully split a document into about 15 pieces -- probably so that it could be placed on floppies, or some such nonsense. I'd like to recombine them into a single document -- or create a fully functional "Find" which searches through all the documents -- I'm not that particular which.

    As an aside -- I didn't want to create a master document -- my boss (who is not as computer-saavy as I) suggested it. As I am only using the combined document for reference, and it's not supposed to change, I would be perfectly happy to cut and paste the documents into a single document. They are supposed to be in a single Style set, and I do have "Style Template" (whether it's a .doc or .dot, I'm not sure) which is supposed to have been used to create it. The additional problem is that some of the sections seem to be in landscape mode, while the original document is (mostly) in portrait mode.
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    My Word version is Word 97 SR-2 -- it's possible that the split documents were created in an earlier version of Word.

    I've found some links under the Master Document thread started 26 Jan, but I'm not sure which is the correct approach.

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    Re: Creating Master document

    Thanks to all. Insert File (and the InsertFile command) seem to do the job.

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