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6. Housekeeping > 54. Rename Built-in Styles

Rename Built-in Styles

Word is often merely the input phase in a production line that ends with a more formidable layout package, such as Adobe InDesign or QuarkXPress. This hack shows you how to make Word documents more palatable to other programs.

When Word is part of a production workflow, to work with it optimally would impose some restrictions on other parts of the workflow. For example, your company’s designers probably prefer their own styles to Word’s. Those styles may have identical names to Word’s built-in styles, but chances are they don’t.

Many choose (or are forced) to create custom styles in Word that correspond to those used by the layout software. But that means missing out on some of the advantages of using Word’s built-in styles, such as being able to use Outline view. The other (equally inconvenient) choice is to stick with Word’s styles and then perform a bunch of Find and Replace operations on the files after you import them into the layout software. Either option is a drag on your workflow.


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