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    Autoshape Default (Word 2000)

    Woody's Office Watch 8.13 had a Top Tip regarding setting the default autoshape format in a template. But there is still a problem that has been bugging me for years:

    If you set the default line style for an autoshape, say a text box, it becomes the default
    line-style for all other autoshapes. In my case I use invisible text boxes that have 'no line' and
    'no fill', which is fine because the text box boundaries are visible when you first draw one. But
    if I then draw a line or other autoshape, it also has a default line style of 'no line' and is
    invisible on screen except for the object place markers. So before clicking on any other object
    I have to change the line style settings, or the whole thing 'disappears' from view. As you
    could imagine this is not too convenient.

    Is there a way of having separate default line-styles for for different autoshapes?

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    Re: Autoshape Default (Word 2000)

    The easiest way to create a default style for a particular type of object is to store it as an Autotext entry.

    You could create a text box, format the borders and fill the way you want, include default text and save it as an Autotext entry (Select the text box, Insert > Autotext > New). To insert your textbox you simply type a few characters of the name followed by F3. When you insert a text box this way it is not selected, so the default text is important if you are going to have no borders and no fill, otherwise it can be tricky to find.

    You could use the same method if you have a regular need to insert rectangles with wide blue borders and yellow fill.

    StuartR

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    Re: Autoshape Default (Word 2000)

    Thanks for the tip - it works a treat. I'm also using autotext now for inserting tables with complex shading and border formatting - it's easier to insert a column or row into a pre-formatted table than to format a new table from scratch.

    Cheers!

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