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Another dept in my company has created custom bullet styles in a Word 2003 template. To automatically convert text created in the 2003 format into a different 2010 format, I haved created a Word 2010 template with the exact same style names as the 2003 template but with different style definitions - bullet character, paragraph spacing and indent settings. But when I copy text created off the Word 2003 template and paste it into a Word 2010 document, with the Use Destination Styles set, the pasted bulleted text retains the original formatting (style settings), not the destination formatting. If I then click on a bulleted line in the 2010 doc, choose Select Text with Similar Formatting, and then apply the appropriate 2010 bulleted style, the correct formatting is applied. So it appears that in the paste process, the destination styles are not actually being applied. All other non-bulleted styles behave properly - they take on the destination styles formatting. The problem is only with the bulleted styles. Is it possible this is a Word glitch - that bullet style settings can't actually adopt Destination document style settings?
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In a quick test, it appears to work correctly for me. I'm wondering if direct formatting is present in the pasted paragraphs... If you select a pasted bulleted paragraph and press Ctrl+Q, does that fix the formatting?
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In a quick test, it appears to work correctly for me. I'm wondering if direct formatting is present in the pasted paragraphs... If you select a pasted bulleted paragraph and press Ctrl+Q, does that fix the formatting?
Stefan, thank you, yes, doing Ctrl-Q on a pasted paragraph does fix most of the formatting problems! Unfortunately, that isn't an ideal solution for our group. But that does, at least, get me closer to the cause of the problem - which has stumped me for months!

I am attaching two docs created off the 2003 (originating) and 2010 (destination) templates. Is there any way to tell what was directly formatted in the ZA1B1, ZA1B2, ZA2B1 and ZA2B2 styles in the 2003 doc? I can't figure it out. Perhaps it's the character choice for the bullets?

If we can identify the source of the direct formatting, I can help them fix the 2003 template - which will eliminate our current workarounds. That would be a HUGE efficiency improvement for us. And thank you for the Ctrl-Q suggestion.
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There is nothing apparently strange about the attached documents. I did notice that some styles are based on other styles. When you copied the styles, did you also copy the relevant "parent" (based-on) styles?

Generally, copying numbered or bulleted styles is tricky in Word, and it may result in loss of formatting. Copying repeatedly (up to three times) is one workaround.
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