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Transforming an Existing Document into a Master Document

Until now, this chapter has discussed creating a new master document from scratch. However, what if you already have a document you want to turn into a master document? Follow these steps:

  1. Open the document and choose View, Outline to display it in Outline view.

  2. Use Word's outline tools to organize the document, if necessary. Ideally, arrange the document so that each first-level heading corresponds to one of the subdocuments you want to create. If the document hasn't used heading styles, consider using Find and Replace, or possibly AutoFormat, to insert them.

  3. Create your subdocuments. You can create them one at a time by selecting text and clicking Create Subdocument. Or if you've been able to organize your document by first-level headings, select the entire document and click Create Subdocument to create all your subdocuments at the same time.


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