Thanks for the reply, Paul.
... "I don't have a "master" TM set under Studio's Tools -> Options -> Language Pairs." Do you have one in the Project Settings now as opposed to Tools -> Options?
Correct. I'm trying to use multiple main TMs organized by subject area instead of a single master main TM, so when I create a project I add the ones that I want to be referenced and choose the one that I want to update by adding them to that project's settings.
Is it added under All Language Pairs or the specific language pair?
I always put them under All Language Pairs, because I only ever work in one language pair and direction.
Did you create the project using a Project TM?
This is a good question. I just spent about an hour looking for the project that I was talking about in my first post, but I can't remember which one it was. I wish I had written the name of the project in the post...
Since I can't find it now, and all of the projects that I tested just now appeared to be updated correctly to their assigned TMs, I guess we will just have to chalk it up to my imagination.
But for the record, most of these old projects were created at a time when I didn't understand the difference between Main and Project TMs, and by extension the difference between "Prepare" and "Prepare without a project TM." So it is entirely possible that it originally had a project TM, although I have since went through all of those old projects and altered their settings to only use the subject area TMs that I've created. And I think on most of them I actually went into their project folders and deleted any project TMs that were there.
So to answer your question...I'm not sure. But am I correct in assuming that even if a project was originally set up with a project TM, once you remove that project TM from its project settings it will no longer have any effect on the project? Like the project TM just gets orphaned, although it is still in that project's folder?
Even though I might be going crazy and imagining things, it is nice to know that my limited understanding of this TM process is not completely wrong. Silver linings and all that ^^;