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Using Word 2003 I am combining some Word docs. using Insert File. I want to keep the formatting/layout the same as in the doccument I'm inserting but it changes; sometimes making the file impossible to read. How do I do this?
The aim is to have a single easily searchable Word document instead of the information spread across several files (I don't know what the person was thinking who originaly set this up!) with the layout the same as the document being inserted. Combining was probably a bad choice of words as really I'm just adding more pages to a document using Insert File eg:Insert File Word 2 becomes the second page of document Word 1. I'm not combing the content of Word 1 and 2 on a single page. In case this is still confusing here are the steps I'm using.
1.Create a new Word Doc.
2.Insert File Word 2.
3.Insert Page Break.
4.Insert File Word 3 and so on.
I never used the insert command except for pictures, so probably can't help. But, the way I merge docs, often using totally different styles is
insert page break
start new section
in document to be merged I select all and copy all (edit/select all/copy)
in the destination document I paste
That seems to preserve all formatting including some complex styles.