Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Creating Building Blocks
Figure 7-18 Right-click a building block entry to obtain additional options.
After you insert a building block, you can freely customize the building block’s formatting
and properties without affecting the building block stored in the template.
Building Blocks and Content Controls
You’ll notice after inserting one or two building blocks that Word 2010 builds content
controls into the element that is inserted. For example, when you choose a cover page
building block and click in one of the text boxes, you notice that the text item is
actually a content control field. This makes life easier for you because your content will
remain the same no matter what you choose to do with the building block format later.
For example, when you click and type in the Title area on your new cover page, the
information you add is mapped to the Title document property. If you update the
content later—perhaps applying a different look or changing the title slightly—all other
content that refers to that property will change too. To learn more about content
controls in Word 2010, see Chapter 27, “Customizing Documents with Content Controls.”
Creating Building Blocks
You can easily turn content you regularly use—for example, a paragraph (or several) of
data, logos, graphics, specifically formatted headers or footers, standard tables, or
equations—into building blocks. It doesn’t matter whether the content is new or old (even from
previous Word versions); you can create your own building block by following these steps:
1. Choose the content you want to save as a building block
2. On the Insert tab, click Quick Parts
3. Choose Save Selection To Quick Part Gallery (or press F3)
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