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    long documents (Word 2003)

    I am writing a 12 chapter document (about 350 pages). My review of how to do this showed that working with master documets is a guaranteed to give me an ulcer if it succeeds, or to fail and destroy the document before I complete it/ I therefore am planning to work on each chapter separately and assemble the document at the end. So my questions are: 1 Can I do this in Master Documents and assemble the document at the end? 2. If I do this will the page numbering, table of contents, index etc be synchronized? 3. If I edit the document after assembling it will it corrupt?
    My main question, of course, is what is the best way to create a long document and not get an ulcer? Any help is appreciated.

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    Re: long documents (Word 2003)

    I would avoid using Master Documents, although I don't know if anyone has tried it in Word 2003. But see Why Master Documents Corrupt by John McGhie, MVP. As far as page numbering between files, see the thread surrounding <post#=27832>post 27832</post#>.

    By the way, 350 is not so long that you can't make it one document with separate chapters. Just forget about Master Docs altogether.
    Hope this helps,

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    Re: long documents (Word 2003)

    Make daily backups. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    If you use separate documents and need tables or indices that span the entire set of files, there are numerous threads here on RD fields and other tricks that help with that.

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    Re: long documents (Word 2003)

    Maybe I am wrong, but I thought the advantage of Master documents was that different people could work on different sections simultaneously. If you are the only person working on this document, I don't see the advantage.

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    Re: long documents (Word 2003)

    > I thought the advantage of Master documents was that different people could work on different sections

    That's about the only advantage I know. My team regularly use them for this purpose and we have only lost a few documents.

    I would recommend more frequent backups than daily, but other than that they are really useful. (Also don't just keep one generation of backup, sometimes the corruption doesn't show up for a while and you may need to go back for a week or so on one or more sections).

    The best trick I know is to keep no content at all in the master document itself. Usually corruptions can be fixed by replacing just this one document which only has links to the sub-documents where the real content is.

    StuartR

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    Re: long documents (Word 2003)

    I've never used Master Documents, so I really have no opinion on them one way or the other.

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