RE: Wrestling with MS Templates and Styles

Subject: RE: Wrestling with MS Templates and Styles
From: Samuel -dot- Beard -at- tdcj -dot- state -dot- tx -dot- us
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 1 May 2003 11:17:48 -0500

Hey Lyn,

Sam said:
>... Also, I've found it best to simply come up different names for the
styles instead of trying to modify Word's existing styles. For example,
instead of using the Normal style, I use Body Text. For headings, I use
something like 1Heading instead of Heading 1. Still pretty clear what the
style should be used for, but it gets around the problem of trying to
Word's standard style.<

and Steve replied:
> I don't believe Word will LET you change the default template names.

and Lyn replied:
No, but you can create new styles within a default template, which is (I
think) what Sam was suggesting. I usually end up using a combination of
predefined styles (which I've modified to suit the document) and
user-created styles (which I base on -no other style- so they're not
accidentally modified if/when the base style is modified).

and I reply:
Yep! That's what I was referring to. And I forgot to mention that part
about creating styles based on other styles. I am pretty cautious when I
base a style on another one. Usually, the only that I'll base a new style
on is the Normal one or the one I create instead of that one, the Body Text
one. Most of the time, I don't go back and do any changes to those styles
once they're set the way I want them, so it's not quite as dangerous to
base any new styles on those. However, it's probably a good idea to NOT
base a new style on any other style, just to be safe.


Samuel I. Beard, Jr.
Technical Writer, Human Resources
Texas Department of Criminal Justice


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