Charles, thank you so much for your help. What I have done at this point after reading your answer is to create a AutoExec macro that looks to the Style Gallery, selecting my template in there. I then placed a copy of the template in my Office Startup menu, leaving a copy in the templates directory. When I open word, then my template is loaded as a global template, my macro executes and loads my styles. Everything seems to be working beautifully (I still need to test it further), my only problem now seems to be in my Outline styles. They appear indented like they should be, but after Heading 1 the numbering is gone. My other styles work great. I rechecked in my template to be sure that the outline numbering is correct under Format Bullets and Numbering and it is still set up correctly. Any clues? Thanks again.