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Change header in Word 2007 for multiple documents at the same time

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I have a series of Word 2007 documents (between 20 - 40) that are used over and over again.  All documents are in the same folder.  When we need to use them for a new project, we create a new folder and copy a new set of documents into the folder.  I would like to find a way to change the header/footer in all the documents in a particular folder without changing them one at a time.  It seems to me there should be a way to have an extra document called header.doc and Word might be able to insert whatever is in this document into the header in all Word documents in the folder.  I would also need to figure out how to use relative directory structure to reference the header.doc as there would be a different and unique copy of header.doc in each folder.  Thanks for your help.
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janeedles,

How are you doing?

There are ways to do this but you are going to have some work to get it going correctly, instead, try an app such as this below:

http://download.cnet.com/MS-Word-Add-Append-Change-Headers-and-or-Footers-t/3000-2079_4-10858964.html

Free to try and $29.99 to buy, it will pay for itself in the first or second use (20-40 headers x 2 projects) I am sure takes more than an hour or 2 to do!

Kevin
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Kevin,

The software is a reasonable route, but I have 20 users in this office and I don't believe I can get all 20 up and running for $29.99.  I'm still looking for a Word or VB style Macro solution.  Thanks for your input.

Jonathan
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Jonathan,

I think this is the creator, look at the thumbnail, it shows pulling from a document to fill, etc. Probably just what you need, but I know that $600.00 would be a lot. Try contacting them, maybe they will give you an enterprise license or allow you to install it on all systems, as long as only one person at a time is using it. Worth a shot!

http://www.hothotsoftware.com/ms_word_header_footer_change_software/mswordheaderfooterchange_purchasepage.php

Kevin
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Mods,

I believe post 24106495 is a viable solution as Word does not contain this functionality without massive coding and customization. This would result in the use of many resources (time, wages, etc) that would be substantially greater than simply paying for an off-the-shelf solution which would yield at least the same, if not better results.

Kind Regards,
Kevin
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