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Chapter 18. Working With Large Or Multip... > Working with Master Documents and Su...

Working with Master Documents and Subdocuments

The Master Document feature is ideally suited for any large project—an employee manual, a college dissertation, or a complex legal contract, for example. Writers often collaborate on a large project and then combine their work into one document. Without WordPerfect's Master Document feature, combining separate efforts is a time-consuming task that presents many challenges in numbering pages, creating a table of contents, setting up headers and footers, and generating cross-references.

Here's how it works: You create a document with links to other files. This is the master document. A subdocument is one of the linked files. When you expand the master document, each of the subdocuments is opened into the master document, which results in one huge document. Now you can work on all the text as a whole. You can search through the entire work, generate document references, make global formatting changes, and so forth. When you condense the master document, the subdocuments are saved and removed from the master document, leaving only the subdocument codes. For this reason, creating prefatory pages and introductory materials is easy because you don't have to scroll through all the text.


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