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    Automatically update styles

    I am new to this forum, but hope someone can help with a Styles problem I have in Word. A friend asked me to format her CV, so I created some styles, but Word 97 continually tried to override and impose its own styles (particularly those with very similar attributes to ones I had created). It got very annoying, and I initially tried to remove some of the pre-set styles in Word, but it wouldn't let me. After doing a search on this forum for 'Styles', I came across an interesting comment in one of the posts. It was in reference to the possible choices after creating a new style (or an existing one) on whether to check Automatically Update and/or Add to Template. The posted comment referred to Automatically Update as being a real devil. I have never understood these two choices. Can someone please explain what they actually do if you check them? I suspect that this could have been my problem, as I think AU was checked.

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    Re: Automatically update styles

    I would first look at Tools|AutoCorrect (AutoFormat Tabs) before flying off the handle at the equally problematic Update Automatically.

    Either way I suggest if you have ANY idea on what you are doing - DISABLE WORD'S HELPFUL ASSISTANCE. They are turned on by default to help the people marketing the product. IMHO the only useful option in the entire autoformat areas are the smart quotes.
    Andrew Lockton, Chrysalis Design, Melbourne Australia

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    Re: Automatically update styles

    I flew off on a tangent there. Perhaps I should answer the question you actually asked rather than the one I believe to be causing the problem.

    Automatically Update - means that if you modify a local occurrence of that style in the document (eg make a single Normal paragraph bold) then the style definition will automatically be changed and all paragraphs with the same style will also change (and related styles etc). This does not modify the template style, just the document one.

    Add to Template - Refreshes the style definition in the attached template to match the definition in the current document.
    Andrew Lockton, Chrysalis Design, Melbourne Australia

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    Re: Automatically update styles

    Andrew

    Thanks for your two replies to my posts. Believe it or not, I am also in Melbourne (does that show up anywhere on this discussion forum)?

    I think my woes were due to the checkmark in the Automatically Update box. Now I understand its function (I think!). It could be quite useful for where you perhaps have created your own style (or used a pre-set Word style) for use in a document, and after using it in that document, decide you want to change it - this will update the entire document formatted in that style. Yes?

    Hmm... I can't seem to look back at your posts easily, so I will have to post this and then repost, 'cos I think there was something else I wanted to ask.

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    Re: Automatically update styles

    Hi Eggles,

    Personally I think the Automatically Update is a nuisance. (Even though I know it exists, and even though I know I turned it on, invariably I forget and think I'm losing my mind from time to time. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>)

    The way I use it is for a temporary means when I initially begin putting a document together. I use it to get the overall look that I want for a style by applying direct formatting. Once that is complete I'll turn if off.

    Then for small updates I make the modification in the document, click in the Style box on the Formatting toolbar and press <Enter>. That gives you a dialog box asking if you want to update the style with the recent change. It's similar to the Update Automatically, but you are the one in control instead Word.

    Note too that you can use Format/Style to make your modifications as well.
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    Re: Automatically update styles

    I posted a reply - and it disappeared! Oh well...thanks for your post BAM. I think I am now convinced not to use AutoUpdate styles.

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