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    Styles Annoyances (2003 SP1)

    I have created 2 Styles, called Original (Maroon text) & Reply (Dark Blue text), which I use when replying to E-mails. They are chained, i.e., Original's 'Style for Following Paragraph' is Reply.

    When I get an E-mail that I want to format using this Style, I highlight all the text and apply the 'Original' Style.

    I expect when I hit Return that my next Style will be 'Reply'. This works, however, Word also creates a new Style: Original + Dark Blue.

    Believe it or not, this really bugs me. I know I can turn it off using Tools -> Options -> Edit, but I'd prefer to keep this checked. I would just really like to know why Word creates these extra Styles when the Styles are clearly defined? Am I using Styles incorrectly?

    Sorry if this is a waste of your time. I just know that you guys know Word better than I do. Although I prefer WordPerfect, I would like to understand Word better, as I use it for all my E-mails.

    Thanks again.

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    Re: Styles Annoyances (2003 SP1)

    Hi OverPower and welcome to Woody's Lounge.

    I can't be 100% certain, but Word may not be creating a real style. Beginning with Word 2002, Word combines Styles and Formatting by default. "Real styles" as I call them will always have either a
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    Re: Styles Annoyances (2003 SP1)

    Thank you for your kind & prompt reply.

    At first, I didn't have that available, as I had unchecked the 'Keep Track of Formatting' checkbox, but as soon as I re-checked it, the Formatting option reappeared.

    Yes, that works. Still curious why Word does this. I know that when I go to the end of the 'Original' Style (which has a maroon paragraph tag) and hit return, the paragraph tag changes color and becomes Dark Blue, so I can see that this is a 'new' Style/Formatting change that Word is keeping track of. I'd love to know why it actually changes the paragraph tag though by simply hitting return? I realize that Word 'stores' a paragraph's 'bag' of Styles in the

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    Re: Styles Annoyances (2003 SP1)

    <hr>when I go to the end of the 'Original' Style (which has a maroon paragraph tag) and hit return, the paragraph tag changes color and becomes Dark Blue<hr>
    I believe (but could be wrong) that Word is not doing this, but Outlook is. To test that theory, instead of going to the end of the "original" styled paragraph, put your cursor somewhere within that paragraph and type the word "text." In all probability, it will have a dark blue color added to that new text. When using Word as your e-mail editor, you are getting a mixture of both programs and not a pure instance of Word. Outlook defaults (and I'm unsure how or even if you can change them) dictate this behavior. Assuming that I am correct, you may wish to post in the Outlook forum to see if any of the regular visitors knows if or how this behavior can be disabled when using Word as your e-mail editor.

    Good luck!
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    Re: Styles Annoyances (2003 SP1)

    OverPower - thank you, thank you <img src=/S/thankyou.gif border=0 alt=thankyou width=40 height=15> I recently acquired a new machine with Word 2003 and have wondered how to turn off that feature. It was driving me <img src=/S/crazy.gif border=0 alt=crazy width=15 height=15>. Why does Microsoft have to fiddle with a good thing (Because they can, I guess) Just when you thought it was safe to upgrade. <img src=/S/flee.gif border=0 alt=flee width=25 height=25>

    Now if I can just figure out how to turn off those Active Icons, or whatever they are... <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20>

    Ron M <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Styles Annoyances (2003 SP1)

    <img src=/S/hmmn.gif border=0 alt=hmmn width=15 height=15> And did you before this upgrade used to be in the habit of updating your styles by direct formatting to get the look you like, then click or Alt+Shift+s into the style dropdown on the toolbar and enter to update them? Another advent of 2002 is the disabling of that functionality. You can get it back (kind of) by going to Tools / Options / Edit and turn on "Prompt to Update Style". Then after you've done your direct formatting you can click up there (or use the shortcut key as I do), delete everything which appears after the real style name and hit enter -- Just like the good old days. <img src=/S/granny.gif border=0 alt=granny width=20 height=20>

    <img src=/S/bouncenburn.gif border=0 alt=bouncenburn width=31 height=31> I'm a die-hard keyboarder and MS keeps making everything more and more mouse oriented.
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    Re: Styles Annoyances (2003 SP1)

    Ron M

    Presume you're thanking me for Tools -> Options -> Edit,? If so, you're welcome.

    Karen, if you're a real keyboard freak, maybe you could switch to WordPerfect! <img src=/S/brainwash.gif border=0 alt=brainwash width=15 height=15> LOL!

    Anyway, thanks again for your replies.

    I think you may be right in that Outlook may be itneracting with Word on this one. In fact, I just did a quick test in Word, and that new Style/Formatting didn't occur. Looks like it is Outlook, although I've checked my E-mail Options to ensure that Outlook isn't tracking my changes, etc. Guess it's a hidden setting.

    At least you've provided a workaround, for which I'm grateful.

    Thanks again.

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    Re: Styles Annoyances (2003 SP1)

    Yup, Karen I guess I am a bit for the good old days too <img src=/S/gramps.gif border=0 alt=gramps width=20 height=20> Thanks for the additional insight. <img src=/S/compute.gif border=0 alt=compute width=40 height=20>

    Ron

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