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Guest post @ Lawyerist: Creating and Sharing Custom Microsoft Word Styles

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Unless otherwise noted, all instructions and screenshots are from Microsoft Office for Windows.

As a follow-up to my Using Microsoft Word Styles post on Lawyerist, I go one step further and teach you how to create new Styles and share them with others in your office. If you’ve ever thought about creating a set of standard forms (pleadings, letters, etc.) for use by everyone in your workgroup or office, this post contains some critical information about how the interaction between Styles and Templates in Microsoft Word.

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by Deborah Savadra

I spend an inordinate amount of my time playing with computers and attempting to explain technology to lawyers and law office staff. It's not always easy, but someone's got to do it.

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  1. I enjoyed your post on styles and templates. Here is something I have been wondering: is it possible to integrate macros (not sure I am using this term properly) so that I can create a pleading for a new case by starting with a template for a pleading but then having the macro run so that the court, party names, and lawyers from the firm can be added to the template so that a case specific pleading template can be created? Your thoughts are appreciated.

    1. You’re in luck — another reader asked the same question recently, and I just finished a full tutorial on the solution I’m recommending. It can be found at