I’m currently writing a how-to on Styles in Word, and I need to know if text written using a particular style is automatically updated when that style is modified.
For example, let’s say I write a page of something in Word using the stock standard ‘Normal’ style. If I then go into the ‘Normal’ style and change the font – say from 11 point to 40 point – when I click OK, will the page of typing update to 40 point automatically?
I know what happens in Word 10, 13 and 16, but I can’t remember what happens in earlier versions. If anyone can help, I’d be eternally grateful!
August 15th, 2017 at 9:55 pm
I’ll ask around, but I think everyone I know updated since then.
August 16th, 2017 at 7:14 am
Thanks a lot Candy. That’s been my problem too, yet I know that there’s a generation of Indie writers who have resisted upgrading, and it’s them I need the info /for/. lol It’s a kind of catch 22.
August 15th, 2017 at 9:45 pm
From memory I havw mo idea but found this http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/microsoft-office/avoid-a-few-pitfalls-when-changing-an-existing-word-style/ which seems to indicate the answer is yes.
August 16th, 2017 at 7:23 am
EllaD! You’re a champion – that is exactly what the article implies and I love you to bits. If the text updates automatically in 2003, then it must in 2007 as well. I know there are still earlier versions of Word out there, and in use, but there’s a limit to how far back I can go.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
August 15th, 2017 at 5:59 pm
Blogger Liz Dexter is someone you need to contact, Meeks – see all her MS WORD articles and How Tos at:
August 15th, 2017 at 7:58 pm
Thanks Chris! On my way. 🙂
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August 15th, 2017 at 8:25 pm
August 15th, 2017 at 5:53 pm
I meant to add…the trial expires on 02/09/17. I’ll be able to reinstall 2002 once that happens (said with misplaced confidence!)
August 15th, 2017 at 5:10 pm
My MS Office package is 2002, but when my laptop did a recent Windows10 update (27/07/17) all the cumulative updates that I’d applied at each install self destructed.
I wasn’t able to open any of my word or excel files. Not a one.
The only solution has been to sign up for the ‘free 365 trial’ which will last me a month. During this time I have had to open and resave every item I’ve created because, although I have always chosen to save my word and excel in 97 format, the latest update thought it would be clever to upgrade them all.
It’s been extremely trying. I had to do 2 hard resets, during which I also lost all my software because I hadn’t back that up. Anyway; the point of this comment is that I can’t tell you this week, but once my 365 subs expires, I’ll be reinstalling my trusty 2002 package, and then I’ll be able to tell you. If you can wait til then, email me a list of what you want to know, and I will do what I can and email you it back, with screen shots.
And, I’m sure you know about this, but I didn’t….
Our nephew told me about ‘oldversion.com’ on Sunday, and as a result I have been able to download my beloved Picasa for photo editing, so all is not lost.
August 15th, 2017 at 8:10 pm
Oh my god…that’s terrible. You must have been foaming at the mouth. I know I would have. 😦 I didn’t actually know about oldversion.com but I’m going to visit it right now. 🙂 My thanks to your nephew.
Re the Word question, I’ll give it a day or two to see what I can learn but after that I may just have to declare defeat and move on. Technically I don’t /have/ to include this info. but I’d really /like/ to. lol
Thanks for the help!
August 15th, 2017 at 8:23 pm
I was extremely unpleasant to be near for the 2 full days it took me to reset and reinstall. I’ve only been excessively unpleasant between then and Sunday when Martin took the time to tell me about the site AND find the software I wanted on t’interweb on his phone for me.
I’m back to normal annoying now. I married into the best family!
August 16th, 2017 at 7:25 am
lmao – I canNOT imagine you being so grumpy but I agree about your family. 🙂
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August 16th, 2017 at 6:23 pm
August 17th, 2017 at 7:16 pm
August 15th, 2017 at 1:50 pm
Oops no idea…
August 15th, 2017 at 1:56 pm
lol – not a problem 🙂