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Chapter 17. Using Master Documents > Working in the Master Document - Pg. 402

If subdocuments are edited from inside the master document (either by typing di- rectly into the master document or by opening the subdocuments from the master), they are automatically saved when you issue the Save command from the master document. If the master document contains any newly created subdocuments that have not yet been edited, the files for them are created the first time the master document is saved after their creation. Word creates a separate document for each of the subdocuments in the same location as the master document. The subdocuments are named based on the heading paragraphs at the top of the subdocument. If the folder already contains files by that name, Word appends the new subdocument file with a numeric extension. For this reason, it's best to create the initial outline for the master with different heading names. This sounds obvious, but I've found that many people create outlines using text like "heading" that they plan to change later. Creating the subdocuments based on these headings results in a bunch of poorly named files. Working in the Master Document As you can see, it's pretty easy to create a master document and to create or insert subdocuments within it. I've taken the master document for the book that I started earlier in the chapter and created subdocuments for each of the chapters and part pages (Figure 17-4). This results in a master document with eight subdocuments.