MS Word

Turn Off Automatic Style Updating

The Problem:

I applied bullets to two paragraphs I selectedbut Word applied the bullets to every paragraph in the document.

The Solution:

First, click the Undo button or press Ctrl+Z to remove the bullets. Then check out these two possibilities:

  • Your paragraphs aren't really paragraphs, but rather continued paragraphs with "soft returns" (Shift+Enter) between them. To check, click the Show/Hide button on the Standard toolbar to show formatting marks, and see if the paragraphs end with a mark rather than a mark. If so, choose Edit » Replace, enter ^l in the "Find what" box and ^p in the "Replace with" box, and then click the Replace All button.

  • Word has decided automatically to update the styleand either it's the style that you've applied to all the paragraphs in the document, or it's the style on which all the styles you've used are based (in a default document, heading styles and some other styles are based on the Normal style). If the paragraphs aren't soft returns, this is probably what's wrong. In Word 2003 or Word XP, choose Format » Style, click the paragraph's style in the Styles and Formatting task pane, click the drop-down arrow, and choose Modify to display the Modify Style dialog box. Uncheck the "Automatically update" box and click the OK button. In Word 2000, choose Format » Style to display the Style dialog box, click the style name in the Styles list, and click the Modify button. In the Modify Style dialog box, uncheck the "Automatically update" box, click the OK button, and then click the Apply button in the Style dialog box.


Stop Word from Changing the Language

The Problem:

Word keeps changing the language, even if I tell it to ignore special characters. I set it to English Australia, and it changes to English US, English UK, or, worse, French!

The Solution:

Turn off automatic language detection: choose Tools » Language » Set Language, then uncheck the "Detect language automatically" box in the Language dialog box.


Automatic language detection increases the amount of processing power that Word requires, so it's a good idea to turn off detection if you don't need it.

To adjust the languages that Word tries to detect automatically as you work, open the Microsoft Office Language Settings application (for example, for Office 2003, choose Start » All Programs » Microsoft Office » Microsoft Office Tools » Microsoft Office 2003 Language Settings) and use the options on the Enabled Languages tab. You'll need to restart all the Office applications before your changes take effect.

by BrainBellupdated
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