Replacing All Building Blocks

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated September 5, 2016)

Harold has a need for multiple Building Block lists for different writing purposes. He would like a way to "swap out" one complete set of entries for another, and wonders if it is possible to delete all the current Building Block entries and load in a different set of entries.

Building Block entries are stored in a special template called (appropriately enough) Building_Blocks.dotx. If you use the Building Blocks Organizer to create a few entries, then you can use your Windows search capability to find the file on your system. Since the Building Blocks are in a known location, you could easily swap out sets of Building Blocks by making multiple versions of the Building_Blocks.dotx template and storing them under different names. When you want to use one, simply name it with the name Word expects and store it in the proper location. Restart Word, and the entries in the file will be available the first time you access the entries.

You should also realize that you can store Building Blocks in locations other than the default Building_Blocks.dotx template. If you are very careful when you create the entries, you can specify that they be stored in templates of your own making. You can then simply load the correct template for your purposes when you have need of the Building Blocks within that template.

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Author Bio

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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