Using Master Documents - Summary of Responses

Subject: Using Master Documents - Summary of Responses
From: MWN <MNorton -at- FORMMAKER -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 7 Aug 1996 12:34:18 EST

Some time ago I posted a question concerning the use of the master
document feature in Word (versions 6 or 7). Here is a short summary of
the responses I received:

* Every response recommended avoiding the master document feature if
at all possible.

* Two responses recommended using the following sets of freeware
macros instead of the master document feature.


* Several responses advised dividing the information into one file per
chapter and generate ToCs and indexes on a chapter by chapter basis.
You then manually combine your ToCs and indexes.

* Several responses stated that you will have better luck with master
documents if you have plenty of memory (like 32+mb) and plenty of free
disk space (as in 2.5 times the total size of your Word files). It
appears Word needs lots of resources as it tries to expand the various
files which comprise the master document. If nothing else, you'll be
able to reboot more quickly.

Thanks to all who responded. I have not yet tested the macros, but
that is the approach we will take. If you would like more information
on these macros, contact me at mnorton -at- formmaker -dot- com and I will send
it to you.

Mike Norton

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