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    I need to type a play for a friend. The character name should be in bold but what he/she says should be in normal type.
    How do I set up a style which will accommodate both, with appropriate hanging indents etc?
    How do I stop the margins and indents changing for no apparent reason even when the paragraph is clearly marked with the same style as one which is appearing in the right place on the screen and page?

    Any help woud be much appreciated!

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    Re: styles

    Hi Sean,

    Suggestions:

    1) Apply a character style to the parts that are to be bold.
    2) Put two macrobuttons, separated by a tab, with the first (character name) being in the character style, the second with no special formatting for the dialog. Set your paragraph up and then create a new style to handle that kind of formatting.
    3) Then select the paragraph with the macrobuttons (including the paragraph mark at the end of the paragraph), and save this as an autotext entry in your script template.
    4) Assign a key combination and/or toolbar button to that AutoText entry.

    The macrobuttons I have in mind look like the following:
    { MacroButton NoMacro CharacterName }. Note that you can't just type the braces in. You need to use Insert Field or Ctrl-F9 to get these (because they are not braces but rather special characters that look like braces).

    For more on fields you can follow the links at (<A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.addbalance.com/word/wordwebresources.htm#Fields>http://www.addbalance.com/word/wordw...ces.htm#Fields).

    See: (<A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.addbalance.com/usersguide/templates.htm>http://www.addbalance.com/usersguide/templates.htm) for more on templates (user and workgroup), document templates, global templates and Normal.dot.

    Hope this helps.
    Charles Kyle Kenyon
    Madison, Wisconsin

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    Re: styles

    There are some commercial, shareware, and freeware "screenplay" templates on the web that might speed this up. I have no idea whether the play should follow the format for a screenplay, but I could not figure out a way to search for "play" with the appropriate meaning (after all, it's just a search engine and doesn't understand English).

    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.google.com/search?q="word+2000"+template+screenplay&hl=en&lr= &safe=off>http://www.google.com/search?q="word+2000"...n&lr=&safe=off&</A>

    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.google.com/search?q="word+97"+template+screenplay&hl=en&lr=&s afe=off>http://www.google.com/search?q="word+97"+t...en&lr=&safe=off</A>

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    Re: styles

    What I often do for this type of setup is use a table so that column one (which presumably would be your character's name) would be formatted to be bold/italic or whatever and the second column is normal or body text. You can remove the lines on the table by using Ctrl+Alt+U.

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