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Creating a Building Block

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated June 6, 2019)

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To get the most out of Word's Building Blocks you will want to customize it to help with words and phrases that you use most. You can add Building Blocks in this manner:

  1. Select the text and/or graphics for which you want to create a Building Block. You will need to select the paragraph marker as well if you want to store paragraph formatting with the text.
  2. Press Alt+F3. Word displays the Create New Building Block dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The Create New Building Block dialog box.

  4. Replace the suggested name with the desired name for your new entry.
  5. Click on the OK button.

Those four steps are the simplest way to create your Building Block. If you take a look at the Create New Building Block dialog box again, you'll notice that there are quite a few items you can change besides the name for the Building Block. For instance, you may want to change which gallery the Building Block is stored in and the category you want to use to classify it.

After working with Building Blocks for a while, you many need to change some of your entries. Fortunately, Word makes it really easy to change your Building Blocks. Follow the steps outlined for adding entries, and when you click on OK, you will be asked if you want to redefine the Building Block entry. Click on Yes and you will be able to use the new entry.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (8223) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Word in Office 365. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Adding an AutoText Entry.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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What is nine less than 9?

2019-06-07 03:44:00

Erik Phillip Eilertsen

I got a reply that is of no use to me.

My question was not how to get to building blocks (that was what the article was about) it was

What is the DIFFERENCE, practically, between Building blocks and Quick parts?
I save phrases and paragraphs that I may want to use again in Quick parts and find it very useful

...in other words what are the advantages of using building blocks over using QUICK PARTS?


2019-06-06 09:22:51

Erik Phillip Eilertsen

What is the difference, practically, between Building blocks and Quick parts?
I save phrases and paragraphs that I may want to use again in Quick parts and find it very useful


2016-07-15 12:20:33

Cyboards

great work for 2013


2013-09-21 11:38:53

awyatt

Eric,

Here's how you get to it:

1. Display the Insert tab of the ribbon
2. Click Quick Parts
3. Click AutoText
4. Click Save Selection to AutoText Gallery

-Allen


2013-09-21 11:29:31

Eric Rush

Alt+F3 while in Word 10 opens a ScanSnap CardMinder viewer, part of my Fujitsu scanner installation. Keyboard is Microsoft Wireless 5000.

Any other ways to get at AutoText?


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