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    why are templates so unkind (word 2002 sp2)

    i've been creating a template that consists of a number of form autotext entries the user can select. they then drop down and a macro locks the form. suddenly for no apparent reason Word is changing the styels and text attributes. Normal becomes a table header or enhanced body text. does anyone know why this would happen. it's driving me crazy and i can't seem to do anything to cause or cure it.
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    Re: why are templates so unkind (word 2002 sp2)

    Activate the Styles and Formatting task pane.
    Right-click Normal and select Modify...
    Make sure that "Automatically Update" is NOT ticked.
    If it is, manually formatting text using the Normal style will modify the style itself.

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    Re: why are templates so unkind (word 2002 sp2)

    Do the autotext entries contain more than one style? Has the user left the "Autoformat as you type" option on?

    You may need to post a sample template with the code you are using to enable us to work out what is happening.
    Andrew Lockton, Chrysalis Design, Melbourne Australia

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    Re: why are templates so unkind (word 2002 sp2)

    sample template attached.
    open and select sample1 autotext. when i originally created this i used normal style but now you will see that for the date etc the template applies doc title style. why - i have no idea. likewise if i format another entry as normal the next time i open it it may be bold or another style altogether. it's driving me crazy. uploaded as a doc file but was a dot file with text accessed via autotext.
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    Re: why are templates so unkind (word 2002 sp2)

    This document doesn't use autotext fields like I thought you were talking about but that is not the problem anyway.

    The problem you are encountering is that the tables are formatted with a Table Style called 'Doc Title'. There is something funky going on though because there is already a Paragraph style called Doc Title so it appears that you can't see the Table style. If you show the Reveal Formatting task bar you can see the attached table style applied to each of your tables.

    If you apply a different table style eg Table Normal then I would expect that you would get back in control of your formatting. You can't see many of the styles currently because of your chosen settings. If you go to the Styles Task Pane and choose Custom in the Show area down the bottom you can choose to show some more of the existing table styles.
    Andrew Lockton, Chrysalis Design, Melbourne Australia

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    Re: why are templates so unkind (word 2002 sp2)

    Andrew, thanks for your reply. the problem is - i never applied that style. i had the text as normal style then next time i pulled it up it was the doc title style and it would not change.

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    Re: why are templates so unkind (word 2002 sp2)

    Do you know what table style was applied to the tables previously? It could be the default style for new tables on the machine that created the file.

    Is your document updating the styles on opening? This could be a reason for formatting to automatically change when a file is opened.

    The text is not changing because the applied Table Style is overriding the Paragraph style formatting. Change the Table Style to something less intrusive and see if the problem returns.
    Andrew Lockton, Chrysalis Design, Melbourne Australia

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    Re: why are templates so unkind (word 2002 sp2)

    Edited: <!t>[Post=DisplayText,PostNumber]<!/t> tag added to make the post number live. Also tidied up the language. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> -Mod.

    just when i was about ready to die i stumbled across the solution here: <!post=Post 360286,360286>Post 360286<!/post>. i actually ended up following three similar streams, but since you were involved you would know what i was talking about. nothing about microsoft should ever surprise one, but letting a flaw like this live without ever curing or mentioning it is indeed the act of a <img src=/w3timages/censored.gif alt=censored border=0>. thanks for your help by the way

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