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    Regain built-in style (XP)

    Because "automatically update" was set "on" I have lost the formatting of the inbuilt Bullet List style in a long document which uses this style in many places. (It is now "Normal + centred")

    I have been trying to find a method to reestablish the original formatting for this style. I would like to do this partly because there are a lot of settings to change manually to get back to such a style and partly because I would like to be able to solve this problem if it occurs again.

    I have of course tried copying a paragraph correctly formatted from a new document into the long document but this doesn't work because the inserted paragraph assumes the incorrect formatting of the destination document.

    Is there a way to do this?



    Thanks.

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    Re: Regain built-in style (XP)

    I use a foreign language version of Word, so the captions mentioned below may be slightly off, but they should be close enough to understand what is meant (I hope).

    Select Tools/Templates and Add-ins...
    Click Organize...
    Activate (if necessary) the Styles tab.
    You will see the syles in your document in the list on the left, and the styles in Normal.dot (or another template) in the list on the right.
    Click the Close File button below the right hand list.
    Then click the button again (its caption is now Open File)
    Change the File Type to Word Documents.
    Browse to a document that has correct settings.
    Select the Bullet List style in this document.
    Click the Copy button.
    Confirm that you want to overwrite the existing style.

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    Re: Regain built-in style (XP)

    Thank you. That works very nicely.

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    Re: Regain built-in style (XP)

    "Deleting" a built-in style also resets it to the original definition.

    <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16> Klaus

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    Re: Regain built-in style (XP)

    Klaus--

    Thanks for this tip. I like this solution better than using organizer because you don't have to worry about the possibility that the user may have altered the styles in the normal.dot.

    However, there are two potential problems with this solution--at least in Word2000. First, if you delete a style that is in use, all text using the deleted style will revert to 'normal' (for paragraph styles) and to 'default paragraph font' (for character styles). And, second, not all styles will allow themselves to be deleted (such as "normal", or heading styles).

    Nonetheless--in my case, looking to reformat all footnote reference marks with the footnote reference style--that's exactly the behavior I'm looking for (and then I can re-establish the footnote reference style by doing a simple search and replace in both the document and footnote stories.

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    Re: Regain built-in style (XP)

    Hi Hubert:
    One "solution" to that would be:
    Open Word from the command line with the /a switch, i.e.

    winword.exe /a

    Then you can copy "factory fresh" styles.
    Cheers,

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