Solved How to change Word 2010 indents

September 15, 2013 at 05:02:35
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Hello all,

after I removed and replaced all headers and section breaks in my Word doc (my almost 100 page Word doc) I saw all the indents changed. It looks like they're out of margin. Isn't a normal margin setting 0 to the left and 6.5 right? This is what I see when I open a new blank page and start typing. And this is how my old doc used to be.

Can anyone tell me how I, in 1 go, change it back to the original indents?

Thank you! This forum truly is a lifesaver!

Edit: so I've decided I want to work from the file that has the original indents, but I still need to change all the headers (many section breaks) any idea how I do this without changing the whole format of the doc (thus the indent change)

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September 15, 2013 at 08:09:14
Sorry, I'm no Word wiz, and I'm not sure how much assistance you will get,
because there are so many different variables to consider when working with Word.

For example:
Did you press Enter at the end of a line, or did you let it word wrap by itself?
Pressing Enter signifies a paragraph to Word.

Did you set up the indents or press Tab?
Etc. Etc.

Here is a link that you may find helpful:

If none of the suggestions in the link work, the best I can think of is to make a copy
of you doc as a flat text file, this should remove all formatting, except for the carriage return character, which Word will interpret as a paragraph mark.
Then import the flat text into a new doc file, and reformat the new doc to your needs.


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September 15, 2013 at 08:35:11
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re: Isn't a normal margin setting 0 to the left and 6.5 right?

Word uses a file named normal.dotx to set the defaults for a new document. Whatever the settings in that template are, that's what a new document will use.

If you want to apply the settings in the normal.dotx file to an existing document, this thread seems to indicate that you merely need to open a new document and paste the contents of an existing document into it.

I know that the thread is related to applying changes to the normal.dotx file to an existing file, but the answer should be the same for applying the normal.dotx layout to any existing file.

DAGS for something like apply normal to existing document. Maybe you'll find some other suggestions.

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September 15, 2013 at 08:37:19
You know I changed the margin to normal and that fixed the problem! Thank you guys so much for the input.

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