Cross-discipline style confusion wrecks format

Kathleen Atkins

An editor who posted a manuscript to a website discovered that the paragraph formatting had been converted to a “Normal” she didn’t like. So she asked Lounge members in the Word Processing forum how to reverse the look of the manuscript — simply — to what it used to be.

Could she, for example, disable Word Styles? See what the editor learned about the interaction of style and Styles and why “direct formatting” is frowned upon by Word stylists.


The following links are this week’s most interesting Lounge threads, including several new questions that you may be able to provide responses to:

Office Applications
General Productivity Want to get rid of Office 2010 nag screen
Word Processing Style tripped me up *
Spreadsheets Remove duplicates based on two fields
Databases Need to insert data from report into table
Presentation Apps Importing PDF document into PowerPoint or graphics/drawings *
Visual Basic for Apps Section break trips up letter macro; how do I get around it?
Microsoft Outlook Problems with Outlook Connector *
Non-Outlook E-mail Duplicated e-mails in IncrediMail
Other MS Apps Windows Live updated? *
Windows 8 Windows 8 and Gmail picture mystery
General Windows Hoax calls from “Microsoft” *
Windows 7 How to leave homegroup and fix shared-folders problem?
Gray folders, gray files
Event Viewer shows more errors after cleaning
Windows Vista Vista won’t copy/delete/move all files *
Windows XP Repair problem: Reinstall taking very long time
Windows Servers Server audit for 150+ servers
Internet Explorer IE 9 doesn’t always remember passwords
Third-Party Browsers Firefox won’t start
Networking Extending range of wireless router
Social Media How do social media work with or for business?
Software Development
Windows Programming Microsoft Mayhem programming tool
Web Design & Development Why would hacker bother to do this?
Other Technologies
Non-Microsoft OSes Flashback Trojan infects 600,000+ Macs *
Security & Backups Understanding .NET patches
Hardware Power supply questions
Graphics/Multimedia DVD/CD cleaning *
Other Applications Best-quality recordable DVDs? *

* starred posts: particularly useful

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Kathleen Atkins

About Kathleen Atkins

Kathleen Atkins is the Windows Secrets associate editor. She's also a freelance writer, editor, and photographer. Prior to joining Windows Secrets, she worked at Microsoft Press.