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Office Open XML I: Exploring the Office Open XML Formats

Change Styles command and Style Set list

Once you save a template to the Quick Styles folder, the name of the template becomes available in the Style Set list shown here. Access this list from the Home tab, in the Styles group.

In addition to new file types, new file locations provide unique benefits for working with Word templates.

You can use Word templates just as you always have. However, for unique functionality, you can also save a Word template (.dotx file) to one of the following new locations:

  • When you save a Word template to your Quick Styles folder, the set of paragraph and character quick styles from that template is available to add to any document with just a click. To save a style set template for any active document, find the option Save As Quick Style Set at the bottom of the Style Set list.

Tip     When you save a new style set from the active document, that set includes the styles that appear in the Styles gallery on the Home tab (as well as any paragraph or character styles you designate as Quick Styles but do not choose to show).

  • When you save a Word template to your Document Building Blocks folder (see the folder locations referenced below) or the Word Startup folder, the building block entries saved in that template become available to all documents. Additionally, you can save new building block entries to that template from any document.

Find the folders referenced here in one of the following locations, depending on your operating system:

  • Windows Vista: C:\Users\[user name]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\
  • Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\[user name]\Application Data\Microsoft\

Learn to work with quick styles and building blocks, as well as themes and other features discussed in this lesson, in the book Advanced Microsoft Office Documents 2007 Edition Inside Out, written by the author of this course.

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