Word Freezes when Updating Styles

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated October 26, 2013)

Michael wrote about a problem he was having with updating styles in a Word document. It seems that whenever he attaches a template to a document, and then selects Automatically Update Document Styles on the Templates and Add-Ins dialog box, Word locks up and he needs to restart the program.

Most likely, this is caused by one or more corrupt styles in a template. If the problem occurs only when attaching a particular template, then the problem is likely with that particular template. If the problem occurs regardless of which template you attach, then the problem is most likely with the Normal template.

To correct the problem, try opening the template file directly and using Save As to save it to a new template file. If that doesn't work, then you will need to create the template from scratch. Don't try to copy styles from the old template to the new one, as that may end up transferring some of the corruption you want to leave behind.

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Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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