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Lexicon Relocation

“Electrify”-ing” Improvements in Proposal Automation Current Situation At the time of their search for a new RFP Automation solution, Lexicon was using a legacy system that was cumbersome, complicated and not used to full potential. Lexicon was relegated to using the...
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Custom Styles 101 for Proposal Writers – 4 Reasons Why Custom Styles Fail

  Almost half of our Styles Survey Respondents reported that ‘Direct Formatting’ was their most common method of changing formatting AFTER  inserting content into a proposal.  Direct Formatting is usually the formatting method of last resort for...
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Quick Tips for Spotting Formatting Booby Traps

In the previous post we compared the advantages of using Normal style to those of using custom, user-defined styles.   With either strategy it is important that styles be applied consistently throughout the content you intend to reuse.  If this is not done you...
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Loading a Global Template

In a previous post we saved a custom macro-filled template in the Word’s Start-up folder so that the template would be automatically installed whenever Word is opened.  This makes the macros and shortcuts saved in the template available for use. Another...
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Custom Styles 101 for Proposal Writers – The Secret Power of Heading Styles

    Most of the respondents to our Styles Survey report using Custom Styles to format proposals. But even among avid Custom Style users,  the proper use of Custom Heading Styles is debated.  Here is a look at the issues. The Secret Powers of Built-in Heading...
Navigation 3 Ways

Navigation 3 Ways

We now have a beautifully written and formatted master library document perfectly organized with the following distinctive labels: If you formatted these labels using Word’s Heading Styles (either the built-in styles or even just based on them), you will have several...

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Sample Library Structures

Sample Library Structures

In the previous post we used distinctively formatted labels to organize the content in a master ‘Content Library’ document.   In this post we will look at some sample Main Category and Subcategory structures for a cross section of industries. These samples are for...

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Quick Tips for Spotting Formatting Booby Traps

Quick Tips for Spotting Formatting Booby Traps

In the previous post we compared the advantages of using Normal style to those of using custom, user-defined styles.   With either strategy it is important that styles be applied consistently throughout the content you intend to reuse.  If this is not done you...

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Normal or Not? Choosing the best Style Strategy

Normal or Not? Choosing the best Style Strategy

When you are preparing content for reuse, your formatting decisions will affect how easy or difficult it will be every time you copy and paste that content in the future.   You can avoid many future headaches if you spend some time in the beginning getting the...

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Turning Code Off and On

Turning Code Off and On

In a previous post we wrote a ‘SpecialPaste’ macro to paste content from the clipboard into a numbered questionnaire and select and indent the content after it is pasted: This macro indents the pasted content just once, to align with the number of the question.  But I...

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