Bringing Sanity to Multilevel Headings in Word

I do Word good. I like making documents look good, and I do things like clean up styles when I’m working with a group on a document. I even suggested to my team once that they should just send me their copy in plain text, so I wouldn’t have to deal with their crap styles. I once had got a document that had defined all the Body Text and Headings as custom styles, which of course breaks the Table of Contents, and so the ToC was hand built. I shudder now at the memory.

Using headings in word is easy. Adding numbering to those is not. Word doesn’t make it easy with their menu design. Things like, there is no “modify” in the multi-level list drop down menu, only “Add New”. But I don’t want to “add new” I want to “modify”.

Anyway, this guy has a write-up that reveals the secret! You assign the style to list from the list configuration, not the other way around.

Simple, when you know how.


Word trying to raise the dead: Attached templates from servers long gone.

So, after the IT department failed to upgrade Lotus Notes remotely, they came to my desk, and ran Microsoft Update.  Manually.  And installed about 40 updates.  Why hadn’t these been updated already? Don’t ask.

Some of these updates were for Office, and naturally, something went wrong.  All of a sudden, Word started hanging when trying to open documents.  Google found some forums, which lead to this article

Documents that have attached templates take a long time to open in Word 2002 and in Word 2003 …

So the solution is unplug from the network, and run a Macro, cutting and pasting into it every directory in which you may have documents with attached templates on non-existent servers.  Oh fun.

Not to mention that I also dislike VB, especially VBA, and trying to research recursive directory search code requires the internet, which is disconnected because testing the VBA macro will hang.  Nice.

Oh, and by the way, the AutoOpen macro? Yeah, it runs after the templates have been loaded, so no good trying to write a macro that fixes this only when you try to open this document.

Dear Lazyweb: write me an app that searches all my computer for Word files, detects an attached template beginning with “\\” and replaces it with “Normal”.