How do I create a master document in Microsoft Word?
You can use a master document to style a range of documents, like dissertation chapters, ready for printing.
In My Documents , create a new folder and move each of your individual documents into it.
Open each in turn and define the different parts of each document with Styles ( How do I do this? ) then save and close them.
Open a new Word document, click on View and the Outline.
Save the new document the folder you have just created; this is now your master document
In the master document modify the Styles you chose in your individual documents to suit your preferred document layout ( How do I do this? )
In the Outlining tab, select Show Document then Insert to add a chapter into the master document.
Add the rest of the chapters and Save.
Now on the View tab, select Print Layout to see the Styles applied to all the subdocuments in the master document
Points to note with master documents:
- The first page of each master document is blank.
- In Outline view you can place your cursor at the beginning of a subdocument and click on the - and + buttons in the toolbar to show or hide the subdocument text.
- When re-opening a master document select View, Outline, and Expand Subdocuments.
- You can continue to open and edit the individual documents in Word if you wish; next time you open the master document it will display any changes you have made (and vice versa).
- If you are adding page numbers in a master document, you need to add the numbers to each section however thenumber order will automatically "Continue from previous section"
- The master document must stay in the same folder as the subdocuments or it will not work.
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