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MASTER DOCUMENTS

Avoid Master Documents if Possible

The Annoyance:

When documents become too big and unwieldy to email around, we turn to using master documents and subdocuments so that team members can work simultaneously on the various parts, which can then be exchanged easily. However, it's our experience that Word master documents and subdocuments are easily subject to corruption. We often find that we have to revert to an older version, or even just start over.

The Fix:

You've hit the nail on the head. Master documents are unreliable, because they're so complex. Let's take a minute to see why.


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