Globably Reset Outline Formatting


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Brad

I am working with a document that has been reused over many years, and the
outline formatting has been messed up. Many places people have customized
the formatting or selected a different standard format for individual
titles. I have tried to individually reset the outline to a standard
format, but when I do, it changes formatting of titles elsewhere. Is there
a way to globally change the outline formatting to use one of the defaults?
I can't just do a Control+A because it tries to outline the text and I only
want it to reset the titles.

Brad

Word 2002 on XP Pro SP 3
 
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Stefan Blom

If numbering is attached to styles, you can modify the numbering via the
Modify Style dialog box for the top level style (usually Heading 1 if this
is heading numbering). In the dialog box, click Format, Numbering; this
displays the Customize Outline Numbered List dialog box, where you can make
the desired changes (see
http://www.shaunakelly.com/word/numbering/OutlineNumbering.html for more
information).
 
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Brad

Thank you for the link. From reading it and knowing that the header
formatting inconsistencies are pervasive throughout the document, it appears
that I will have to update them one by one to clean up the mess. I have
even found that when I check them and they have the correct style shown in
the dialog, hitting ok can still update the style for indents. I imagine
this will take the better part of the afternoon, but hopefully after that it
will be set.

Brad

Word 2002 on XP Pro SP 3
 
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Stefan Blom

It may be time-consuming, especially if you have many outline lists.
However, for a given outline list, you get access to all aspects of
numbering, for all levels, in the Customize Outline Numbered List dialog
box, as explained in the article.
 

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