Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Applying Tools for Speed
Creating Custom Building Blocks
If none of the predefined building blocks suit your
needs, you can create your own custom building
block. Additionally, you can start with one of the
existing building blocks and customize it to a
better fit and then save it for future use. Just follow
these simple steps:
Gallery: Select which of the Gallery types
you want. Most likely, you’ll want to use the
Quick Parts gallery.
Category: You can further differentiate the
items in the gallery by creating and
Description: Enter a longer description to
help you identify the building block and its
Create the text and formatting for the new
Save in: Select whether to save the new
item under the Building Block area, which
makes it available no matter which template
you use, or choose to save it only if you are
using the Normal template. (Templates are
discussed later in this chapter.)
2. Select the area you want to save as a building
3. Choose Insert>Text>Quick Parts>Save
Selection to Quick Part Gallery. The Create
New Building Block dialog box appears.
Options: Choices include whether to insert
the building block at the current cursor
position, start a new paragraph and then
insert the building block, or to start a new
page and then insert the building block.
4. Fill in the appropriate information as seen in
5. Click OK. Now when you open the Building
Blocks Organizer, you’ll see your custom
When you exit Word, you see the message box seen
in Figure 7-23. Choose Save to save the changes.
Naming a custom building block.
Saving building blocks for future use.
Name: By default, Word picks up the first
few characters of the text you selected;
however, you can give the building block a
short, more descriptive name.