Strange formatting of text not highlighted


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Dan Schaffer

Hi,

I use MS Word 2002, running in Win XP Pro, SP1.

Recently, I wanted to underline the first sentence in a document, and only
that sentence. I highlighted and pressed the "U" button on the formatting
toolbar. The sentence was underlined, but so was everything else in the
document. I clicked the "U" button again, and all the underlining
disappeared, including the underlining I wanted.

I had the same experience when I decided to center the title of the
document. I highlighted it, pressed the buttion for "center", and the whole
document became centered.

Is this something that's meant to happen in Word 2002? Apparantly not,
because the Help files say that only the highlighted words should change
when one presses a formatting button. It's certainly different from the way
previous version of Word have worked. How can I underline or center just one
line?

Thanks in advance for your help.

Dan
 
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sf

Hi,

I use MS Word 2002, running in Win XP Pro, SP1.

Recently, I wanted to underline the first sentence in a document, and only
that sentence. I highlighted and pressed the "U" button on the formatting
toolbar. The sentence was underlined, but so was everything else in the
document. I clicked the "U" button again, and all the underlining
disappeared, including the underlining I wanted.

I had the same experience when I decided to center the title of the
document. I highlighted it, pressed the buttion for "center", and the whole
document became centered.

Is this something that's meant to happen in Word 2002? Apparantly not,
because the Help files say that only the highlighted words should change
when one presses a formatting button. It's certainly different from the way
previous version of Word have worked. How can I underline or center just one
line?

Thanks in advance for your help.
Did you try Detect and Repair?
 
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sf

I had something weird happen to me today. I copy & pasted
text from the internet and wanted to bullet several items,
but they didn't bullet - the preceding paragraph was
bulleted instead. ??? That has never happened to me before
and I didn't know how to fix it so I decided I didn't need
the items bulleted.

So, other than pasting it into notepad and stripping off all
formatting, what could I have done? The above article does
not apply because the auto-update option isn't checked.
 
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Suzanne S. Barnhill

If you pasted it from the Web, most likely the paragraph breaks were really
double line breaks, making the entire chunk of text a single paragraph. See
http://word.mvps.org/FAQs/Formatting/CleanWebText.htm

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA

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Dan Schaffer

I'm embarassed to say that I don't even know what Detect and Repair is.
I'll look it up in Word 2002 help.

Thanks for the tip.

Dan
 
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Suzanne S. Barnhill

You'll find it on the Help menu, but it doesn't matter because it is *not*
the solution to your problem, which has been offered twice already.

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA

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all may benefit.
 
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