How to apply standard formatting to existing Word documents
Thread poster: BabelOn-line

United Kingdom
Local time: 14:53
English to French
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Mar 17, 2013

Hello All

When translating directly in Word (most of our material has very few fuzzies), first thing I need to do is to reformat the Word file I am working on: set new document margins, set all paragraph settings to "no space after end of parag", set font to Arial 11pt, set language to French, etc...

When working on docs of a few thousand words, that's not a big issue. However, I now have to work on a series of short Word files, so implementing all these settings by hand becomes fiddly and there is surely a way to do all this in one shot.

I use Word for Mac 2011.

Yes, this is a bit lazy, I hear some justifiable "RT(F)M", but after a short foray in the Word .dotx template world, i thought could either spend an hour or two on it – or ask people who know!

Thanks for your time.


Tony M  Identity Verified
Local time: 15:53
French to English
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Styles Mar 17, 2013

I wouldn't know about Word 2011, but I assume it must offer at least the same features as earlier versions!

I'd create a style containing all the parameters I need, make sure I save that into my, and then simply 'select all' [Ctrl A] and apply that style to your whole document.

Two operations to perform in each file...

[Edited at 2013-03-17 15:07 GMT]


United Kingdom
Local time: 14:53
English to French
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Sounds great Mar 17, 2013

Wil try this one. Thanks, Tony!


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