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Templates, Wizards, and Add-Ins 239 Attaching a New Template to an Existing Document Every document has one template attached to it (except for documents created by wizards, which have a wizard attached to them, as you'll see later). Typically, the attached template is the one you used to create the document--whether you used the Normal template, another built-in Word tem- plate, or one of your own. However, in some instances, you may want to change the template associated with a document. For instance, imagine your company, Acme Chocolate, has just been purchased by Intergalactic Candies. Intergalactic has different corporate design standards than Acme. However, it's quite likely that both companies use Word, and it's possible that both companies have Word templates codifying basic document formats such as headings and body text. If so, you may be able to redesign your documents to the Intergalactic standard simply by attaching the Intergalactic template to them. Note Of course, things aren't usually quite this simple. The style names you used at Acme may not be the same as those used by Intergalactic, or Intergalactic might not have a template containing all its styles. However, you can still create a new template that combines Inter- galactic's formatting rules with the style names you've already been using, and achieve the same result. To attach a different template to your document, choose Tools, Templates and Add-Ins, and click Attach. The Attach Template dialog box opens (see Figure 7.5). Browse to the template you want to attach, and click Open. If you want to update your existing document's styles to reflect those in the new template, check the Automatically Update Document Styles check box. Figure 7.5. Select the template you want to attach, or browse to the folder containing it. Tip To automate the process of migrating from one document design to another, record a macro that changes the attached template to the new template and automatically updates the document's styles. Name the macro AutoOpen and store it in the Normal template. It will run every time you open a new document, changing the formatting of the document to reflect your corporate redesign.