Re: Long Documents in Word

Subject: Re: Long Documents in Word
From: Johanna <chazjo -at- magma -dot- ca>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 18 Mar 2001 10:09:57 -0500

Run (don't walk) away from the Master Document feature. For more information on
its enormous failings you can solicit horror stories from the word gurus over
at:

news://microsoft.public.word.formatting.longdocs
news://microsoft.public.word.docmanagement

These newsgroups and its inhabitants provide a wealth of information on working
with large docs in Word. If Deja were still alive you could have done a search
and come up with the answers more quickly as this topic has been discussed ad
nauseam.

>From personal experience, my advice is to forget about using Master Documents. I
have successfully handled long documents by setting up separate files for the
TOC, the index and each separate chapter. Word has an RD field that works wonder
when trying to sew a table of contents or index across multiple files. This is
what I have been using and it has worked very successfully on my Word projects
to date.

For what it's worth I too have previously wasted much time and effort in a
similar manner.

Good luck and post to the Word newsgroups if you're looking for specific
formatting instructions.

Johanna

> <snip of much frustration and angst>
>
> Am I wasting my time because Word cannot handle long documents,
> as its Macintosh cousin can, or can someone point me to information
> on successful creation and maintenance of long documents in MS-Word?


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