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    Master Document (Office 2000 SP3)

    I am using the Master Document feature in Word 2K (sp3) to edit a large book manuscript that is actually in 10 files. I was pleased to find that it works, since in earlier versions it was too unreliable to be of any use. But I still find two troublesome bugs that the MS knowledge base doesn

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    Re: Master Document (Office 2000 SP3)

    I don't think the master document feature worked very well in Word 2000 - as you're finding out the hard way. I'd keep the chapters in separate files, and edit those until the manuscipt is ready. Then insert each of the chapters into a single (normal, not master) document, and apply the final tweaks.

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    Re: Master Document (Office 2000 SP3)

    Encouraged by Hans's reply, I decided to try putting the whole 790-page book into one Word file. It is just under 4mb, and works flawlessly. There is no point in using Master Document, even if it worked as advertised.

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    Re: Master Document (Office 2000 SP3)

    <img src=/S/shocked.gif border=0 alt=shocked width=15 height=15> 790 pages? To quote a young princess, "You're braver than I thought..." <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>
    I'd be interested to see if you experience any corruption/crashes with a document so large. I think the fact that you handle the graphics separately is a great help.
    With larger documents (and the absence of a reliable MD version as of yet... I have the burn scars to prove it) I usually utilize Reference Document (RD) codes when I bust up a document into 100 page or less sections. I'll admit it is rather a pain if you need serial numbering... though I work around that with chapter based numbering (e.g., chapter one would be paginated as: 1-1, 1-2, 1-3, etc., and chapter two would continue as: 2-1, 2-2, 2-3, etc.) I also reflect the chapter and page number setup in the TOC.
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    Re: Master Document (Office 2000 SP3)

    My desktop is fairly fast and has 2GB RAM. I also keep flab down in documents by making RTF rather than DOC my default format. With the 4MB text file, no graphics, it is just as fast as with the same files in a Master Document. Ordinary searching is in effect instantaneous. I just tried a search and replace of

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