Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Creating Building Blocks
• Category Choose a category for the building block so that it will be appropriately
sorted in the Building Blocks Organizer. Consider creating a new category for your
company or department so that all of the associated building blocks are placed in the
same category and you can find them easily when you need them.
Display your building blocks at the top of the various building block galleries by
creating a Category name that starts with a symbol, such as an asterisk, or place
the name in parentheses.
• Description Provide a brief description that explains the main purpose of the
building block. Descriptions appear as enhanced ScreenTips in the building block
gallery and also appear below the preview pane when you select a building block in
the Building Blocks Organizer.
• Save In Building blocks can only be saved in templates. You can save building
blocks in Building Blocks.dotx (selected by default), Normal.dotm, or a global
template so that they are available to all open documents. They can also be saved in
a document template that makes the building blocks available only to documents
using that template. The Save In list contains Building Blocks.dotx; Normal.dotm;
loaded global templates; the attached document template for the active document
if it’s a template other than Normal.dotm; and any saved template, provided that it is
open and the current file. If you are creating building blocks to share with others, you
want to save your building blocks in a separate template so you can distribute them.
For more information on templates, see Chapter 4. For more information on sharing
Building Blocks, see the Inside Out tip titled “Sharing Custom Building Blocks,” on
If you don’t see the description of the building block appearing in the preview
pane or as a ScreenTip, check your Word Options to make sure the Show Feature
Descriptions In ScreenTips feature is selected. On the File tab, display Backstage
view and then click Options. Click the ScreenTip Style arrow and select the