Basing Word styles on Normal or Body Text?

Subject: Basing Word styles on Normal or Body Text?
From: "Hart, Geoff" <Geoff-H -at- MTL -dot- FERIC -dot- CA>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 13 May 2003 13:34:40 -0400

afargas wonders: <<In reading various tip sheets about styles in Word, I've
realized that you're supposed to use the "Body Text" style as your basic
document style (I've been using the Normal style for this).>>

Sez who? <g> About the only real disadvantage in using Normal is that by
default, Word defines most of its other styles based on Normal, so if you
edit Normal, all the other styles change too. Dumb design decision, and I
revise my Normal template each time I get a new machine to avoid this

<<I was wondering if most of you who use MS Word base your other important
paragraph styles on Normal, on Body Text, or no other style?>>

The important thing is that you use a style consistently for each paragraph.
Which style you use isn't so important, except as noted above. Personally, I
use Normal for body text simply because you can apply that style with a
keyboard shortcut (Control-Shift-N) and I've been too lazy to rebind that
shortcut to the style for Body text.

--Geoff Hart, geoff-h -at- mtl -dot- feric -dot- ca
Forest Engineering Research Institute of Canada
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Pointe-Claire, Que., H9R 3J9 Canada

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Baron Frankenstein and his monster. William Henry Gates and Windows
'09."--David Brin, _Kiln People_


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