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    Strikethrough on corrections

    I work in a large consulting engineering firm, with lots of documents that have evolved over the years. We have a problem with some of the letters we use (and yes, I know, they should be using templates, it's a hopeless task to get these engineers to change their ways). For some reason on certain letters, if we edit anything, or insert anything from the clipboard, it is entered as strikethrough text. We have to select the text, go into Format/Text and uncheck the Strikethrough selection to clear it. It must be a hold over from some revision marks, what I want to know is is there a way to stop it? Thanx for any suggestions!

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    Re: Strikethrough on corrections

    Hi,

    Tools => Track Changes
    (assuming Word 97 or later)

    Hope this does it.
    Charles Kyle Kenyon
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    Re: Strikethrough on corrections

    BTDT, Charles, but thanx for the quick reply. It has to be something else <img src=/S/sad.gif border=0 alt=sad width=15 height=15> This has been going on since Word 6, from what I've heard.

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    Re: Strikethrough on corrections

    By any chance does the Normal style have the strikethrough attribute set in these documents?

    If not, and you globally change to Normal style (ctrl-a, ctrl-n), does the problem go away?

    If the offending text - minus the last paragraph - is pasted into a new document, does that fix it?

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    Re: Strikethrough on corrections

    I am going to have to wait until another one of these offending documents turns up to see if the strikethrough is set in any of the styles. Thanx for giving me another place to look! <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Strikethrough on corrections

    Ok, I had an offending document again today. It's my outgoing log.....I assign document numbers to vendor documents, in one step I copy the title of the letter and paste it into the log (the log is a table). The funny thing is, one letter I copied the title and pasted it into the log, and the text pasted as strikethrough.....the next letter I logged, in the exact same way, pasted clear. I checked the style of each letter that the title was copied from, they were both normal style, and normal style did not have strikethrough selected on the font. But when the title was pasted, normal style in the log was altered to include strikethrough (and yes, I had checked the table beforehand to see what normal style consisted of).

    I'm baffled. I think it's an unsolvable mystery at this point. If anyone ever sees something similar, though, I'd love to hear it!

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    Re: Strikethrough on corrections

    Hi Balby:

    This is intriguing. I know you've tried some of this but logically, there are only so many possibilities.
    1. Track Changes. Sometimes there's a residual. Try to turn it on & accept or reject all changes. Then turn it off.
    2. Select the offending text. Press Ctrl+Q, then Ctrl+Spacebar. This will remove direct formatting. Is there a change? If so, something is applying direct formatting.
    3. Styles. In both source & target documents, look at the style definitions in Format/Style/. Go to Modify/font & see if strikethrough is selected. Even change the font properties & then change back.
    4. Also, while your there, is Automatically Update turned on.
    5. Check Tools/Templates & Add-ins... What is the attached template of source & target documents? Check the default styles in each of those templates.
    6. You said you copy & paste in one step. Are you using a macro? Examine the code. Are you applying formatting with the macro.
    7. When you say you copy titles from vendor documents, are these documents that someone else creates? If so, they have their own styles. If you copy that style & paragraph mark into your document & the style didn't exist in the target document before, it should import the style of the source document.
    8. What font is being used? Under Tools/Options/Compatibility, is there some strange font substitution?

    I can't think of anything else right now. Let us know what does or doesn't work.

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