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Old 04-28-2020, 07:56 AM
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Hi there, wondering if anyone could help me with my word problems!



Been given a task in work to update our old user manuals. All I managed to find was the full PDF version, which I then converted to word and started to work on and update.

There is a "Contents Table" which isn't really a table in that it isn't an automatic table. (I'm assuming it was a manual one)

I'm trying to add some new sections to this existing contents list, however I'm not entirely sure how to do it.

I've attached the file with the contents page that I pulled and have been editing separately so i don't get lost, and would be so grateful if someone could let me know how to fix it! I'm trying to add a new section 17.0 Equipment Overview, with 20 subsections, but when I get to 17.10 it doesn't want to play ball in terms of letting me name it similar to the previous ones!

Sorry if that's longwinded, I've been at this for 4 hours now and it's driving me nuts!

Thanks in advance
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It probably was an automatic table before it was converted to pdf. See if you can find the original document. Documents coverted or opened from pdf or any other format can be a real pain to edit.

Strategy when importing from another format:
My general strategy when I get something in a format other than Word is to copy and paste into a new Word document as plain text and then format in that document using styles. I use the original for a reference. I've been working with Word for more that 25 years and find that this method saves me time and headaches.

Generating a Table of Contents - an Automatic Table
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I am not going to repeat everything in those references here. Creating and updating a TOC in Word is generally very simple, but it can get complex. The simple method involves use of the built-in heading styles to mark the headings you want in the TOC. (You can modify the appearace of these styles.) Then insert a Table of Contents from the References tab. Be careful when applying the heading styles. Do not select text but rather just click in the heading and apply the style to the entire paragraph.

Importance of Styles in Word
Basic Concepts of Microsoft Word - from Shauna Kelly
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Strategy when importing from another format:
My general strategy when I get something in a format other than Word is to copy and paste into a new Word document as plain text and then format in that document using styles. I use the original for a reference. I've been working with Word for more that 25 years and find that this method saves me time and headaches.

I don't have near the experience of Charles, but I will second that the suggestion to use this strategy. I even do so with documents of hundreds of pages and many types of elements. The previous document, which is often some nth iteration with who knows who many users, computers, settings, etc., often has a host of issues that I just prefer to avoid by carefully pasting into my own clean doc or template. Good luck.
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