Re: Word styles that refuse to be modified or deleted and won't freakin' go away

Subject: Re: Word styles that refuse to be modified or deleted and won't freakin' go away
From: quills -at- airmail -dot- net
To: "Van Boening, Tammy" <Tammy -dot- VanBoening -at- chartercom -dot- com>, <stclwrsig-l -at- mailman -dot- stc -dot- org>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2008 23:00:50 -0500

Are you using the Normal template? If so you are going to experience
this forever, welcome to Word Hell.

Two things:

1. Ensure you don't use any styles that are in the Normal template.
These are all protected.

2. Make your own template and use it, not the Normal template. This
will reduce the weirdness.


At 7:44 PM -0500 9/15/08, Van Boening, Tammy wrote:
>I have two Word styles - one called Bullet_1 and one called Bullet_2.
>As the style names imply, they represent bulleted lists. Bullet_1 does
>not have any type of left indent and it has a hanging indent of .25
>inches. Bullet_2 was created independent of Bullet 1 (i.e., the Bullet_2
>style was NOT based on the Bullet_1 style) and it has a left indent of
>0.5 inches with a hanging indent of 0.25 inches.
>All was working well in Word land when boom, I opened the document today
>and I now have this funky two styles - Bullet_1 + First Line 0" and
>Bullet_2 + First Line 0". Say what? Ok, so I thought the first thing
>that I would do is the typical Word thing of selecting each style in
>the Styles list, selecting all whopping two instances of each style and
>then selecting the style I want it to be to change the style. No go -
>so, I requested to select all the instances of each funky style through
>the Styles list and delete and still a No Go. The style remains in the
>styles list, so. . . I painstakingly went through each flipping
>paragraph marker in the entire 85+ page document and I cannot find
>either of these styles anywhere in the document? What?
>And now here's the rub - If I want to apply the correct style, say
>Bullet_1 to a particular paragraph, then BOOM, all of a sudden, all of
>my Bullet _1 styles are updated to reflect this funky Bullet 1 First
>Line 0" style and all my left indents are set to -0.25 and the hanging
>indent is cleared (same issue for Bullet_2 with all of them getting
>reset to Bullet_2 + First Line 0"). So, I have to select all of the
>instances of Bullet_1 through my styles list and then modify the
>paragraph format to reset the left indent and hanging indent. This is
>getting very, very old and very, very tedious and more than very, very
>frustrating and it all started when this funky two styles just
>"miraculously" appeared in my Word styles list. I would like to say that
>I am pulling my hair out over this one and gnashing my teeth, but I am
>bald and toothless already after dealing with Word for the last month on
>this project.
>I HATE Word and any and all advice is sincerely appreciated.


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