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Chapter 15. Using Styles, Templates, and... > Changing Document Formats Globally

Changing Document Formats Globally

When Word creates a new document, it copies the entire contents of the template to the new document—text, pictures, headers and footers, and so on—and then establishes a link between the document and template (so, for example, styles in the template become available in the document). With one possible exception, after a document is created, nothing from the template gets copied into the document. So, for example, if you change the Normal template so its default font is Garamond 11 point, all new blank documents will have Garamond 11 point—but all old documents based on the Normal template will stay just as they are.

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There's one huge exception to this rule: If you choose Tools, Templates and Add-Ins, and then check the Automatically Update Document Styles box in the Templates and Add-Ins dialog box, Word "updates" (that is, wipes out) a document style if one exists in the template with the same name. This option is good news if you always, without exception, want template styles to control the look of a document without exception. But if you sometimes create styles within a document, this option is one to avoid.



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