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    Template Conversion from 2000 to XP (Windows XP/Office XP)

    Hello.

    Our company is finally getting around to converting to Office XP and Windows XP. I have always been very careful about sharing data between documents and different applications. Additionally I have always followed strict rules when converting documents or templates (pasting as unformatted text), however, I have about 100 templates to convert and not enough man power or time to paste them as unformatted text into new XP templates. Oh and by the way I don't believe in just opening a Word 2000 template and changing the compatibility to Word 2002. I just don't trust Microsoft. Now I thought the next safest conversion would be to give the templates a new XP binary file (Insert, File) but what I'm finding is that all my outline numbering is getting wiped out. It does come back if I reset the paragraph but I'm concerned that Insert, File may not be safe. Does anyone have some conversion tips or suggestions for getting these templates into XP?

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    Kyle Knowles
    Connetics Corporation
    Palo Alto, CA
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    Re: Template Conversion from 2000 to XP (Windows XP/Office XP)

    Hi Kyle
    Here are a couple of thoughts for you to consider:

    1. If you were prepared to consider Insert, File then might you be willing to try the sequence: File-New (based on Word2000 template), File-SaveAs-Template? Depending on how Word "clones" the template you could end up with a relatively clean XP file (depending on how "trustworthy" you consider MS to be you may not want to touch this with a 20' barge-pole).

    2. How complex are these templates? It occurs to me that if you are prepared to stomach some macro programming then you simply need some code that would, for each template:
    open the template
    create a new empty file with same page layout properties as the template
    assuming you use styles - copy the styles in use across from the old file to the new
    work its way through each paragraph of boiler-plate text and:
    insert the text unformatted
    apply the appropriate style and/or direct formatting
    similarly clone any headers/footers
    save the newly-created file, as a template, in a new directory
    repeat as necessary
    You end up with fresh XP-style templates which you can then install wherever you like.

    Whether it is worth the effort depends on how comfortable you are with macros and also how intricate the formatting is in the templates. If they are simply paragraphs with styles applied then it should be pretty straightforward. You may even want to do a little bit of web searching as someone may have already created a macro that you could build on.

    HTH

    Cheers
    Ian

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    Re: Template Conversion from 2000 to XP (Windows XP/Office XP)

    > Now I thought the next safest conversion would be to give the templates a new XP binary file (Insert, File)
    > but what I'm finding is that all my outline numbering is getting wiped out. It does come back if I reset the
    > paragraph but I'm concerned that Insert, File may not be safe.

    I think my conclusion would be that outline numbering is flaky. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> It's very possible that Insert>File does not preserve customization of heading styles or list templates, and replaces them with existing definitions from the inserted-into document. I haven't checked rigorously. But if you have a quick interactive solution (is the "reset" quick?), I'm not sure it's worth plumbing the depths over this issue.

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    Re: Template Conversion from 2000 to XP (Windows XP/Office XP)

    Hi Kyle:
    If your numbering list templates are attached to Heading styles, then, when you paste them into a new document, they take on the style of the target document. If you're going to use Insert/file (which is the same as copying everything except the last paragraph mark), you should copy the styles over from the source to the target first (using the Organizer).
    (Unfortunately, I won't be able to respond again as I leave for about 2 weeks in the morning.)
    Hope this helps,

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