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6. Housekeeping > 56. Reduce Document Bloat by Deleting Old List Templates

Reduce Document Bloat by Deleting Old List Templates

Long documents and documents that have been heavily edited can become needlessly bloated by the remnants of lists long since deleted from the text. This hack shows how to clean out this cruft.

Every list you create in Word is based on an internally defined list template. These templates function like paragraph styles, allowing the properties of a list to be defined once, then referenced many times later on.

But once it’s been created, you can’t remove a list template. Over time, a large document may accumulate hundreds, or even thousands, of these list templates. As you might imagine, that can have a negative impact on both the file’s size and its stability.

With Word 2003, the situation is greatly improved: Word caps the number of inactive list templates in a document at 50, automatically removing any old, unused templates once that threshold is met. However, many individuals and offices still use older versions of Word, which makes their documents susceptible to serious bloating issues from extraneous list templates.


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