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  • Question

  • I'm editing a new template for corporate use.  Editing the template file itself, not a document based on the template.

    In the Styles pane, Options are set to "show all styles" "alphabetical"

    In the Styles pane, there are many extra styles I want out of this template completely, out of the Styles plane and am unable to delete.

    For example, there is a "Body Text 2" .  If I modify the style so "delete" becomes available, and delete, I get a confirmation dialog to delete the style, but the style name remains in the Styles pane.

    Tuesday, September 24, 2013 6:44 PM

Answers

  • Hi,

    The template (Normal.dotm) will recreate automatically. We recommend you could save a Word cocument that meet your requirement as a template.

    To do this, follow these steps:

    1. Click the File tab, and then click New.

    2. Click Blank document, and then click Create.

    3. Make the changes that you want to the margin settings, page size and orientation, styles, and other formats.

    You can also add content controls such as a date picker, instructional text, and graphics that you want to appear in all new documents that you base on the template.

    4. Click the File tab, and then click Save As.

    5. In the Save As dialog box, do one of the following:

    • On a computer that is running Windows 7, scroll to the top of the folder list, and under Microsoft Word click Templates.
    • On a computer that is running Windows Vista, under Favorite Links, click Templates.
    • On a computer that is running Windows XP, under Save in, click Trusted Templates.

    6. Give the new template a file name, select Word Template in the Save as type list, and then click Save.

    7. Close the template.

    For more information, you can refer to this article:

    Save a Word document as a template

    http://office.microsoft.com/en-in/word-help/save-a-word-document-as-a-template-HA101868862.aspx


    Karen Hu
    TechNet Community Support

    • Marked as answer by Karen Hu Monday, September 30, 2013 1:22 AM
    Wednesday, September 25, 2013 8:40 AM
  • You can't delete the built-in styles. However, you can hide the styles that you don't want shown. With the template open, click the Manage Styles icon (third one from the left, at the bottom) in the Styles pane. On the Recommend tab, use the Hide button to hide styles from view.

    Stefan Blom, Microsoft Word MVP

    • Marked as answer by Karen Hu Monday, September 30, 2013 1:22 AM
    Wednesday, September 25, 2013 6:51 PM

All replies

  • Hi,

    The template (Normal.dotm) will recreate automatically. We recommend you could save a Word cocument that meet your requirement as a template.

    To do this, follow these steps:

    1. Click the File tab, and then click New.

    2. Click Blank document, and then click Create.

    3. Make the changes that you want to the margin settings, page size and orientation, styles, and other formats.

    You can also add content controls such as a date picker, instructional text, and graphics that you want to appear in all new documents that you base on the template.

    4. Click the File tab, and then click Save As.

    5. In the Save As dialog box, do one of the following:

    • On a computer that is running Windows 7, scroll to the top of the folder list, and under Microsoft Word click Templates.
    • On a computer that is running Windows Vista, under Favorite Links, click Templates.
    • On a computer that is running Windows XP, under Save in, click Trusted Templates.

    6. Give the new template a file name, select Word Template in the Save as type list, and then click Save.

    7. Close the template.

    For more information, you can refer to this article:

    Save a Word document as a template

    http://office.microsoft.com/en-in/word-help/save-a-word-document-as-a-template-HA101868862.aspx


    Karen Hu
    TechNet Community Support

    • Marked as answer by Karen Hu Monday, September 30, 2013 1:22 AM
    Wednesday, September 25, 2013 8:40 AM
  • You can't delete the built-in styles. However, you can hide the styles that you don't want shown. With the template open, click the Manage Styles icon (third one from the left, at the bottom) in the Styles pane. On the Recommend tab, use the Hide button to hide styles from view.

    Stefan Blom, Microsoft Word MVP

    • Marked as answer by Karen Hu Monday, September 30, 2013 1:22 AM
    Wednesday, September 25, 2013 6:51 PM