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HItting enter twice in Word bolds last line typed

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Morning everyone,

We have a user that uses Word 2003 daily. Starting yesterday, whenever she hits enter twice in a row to go down 2 lines, the last line she typed becomes bold. It never used to do this, and I can't seem to find anything that would cause that inside her settings.

Any ideas why this might be happening?
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Go to Tools | AutoCorrect and change the AutoFormat settings.

You will probably get a better sense of why this happens if you examine the styles being applied: if you see that the bold paragraphs are set with Heading 1 (or 2-9), then it is because the AutoFormat is interpreting the double return to indicate that a subheading is needed. Turn off the Apply Built-in Heading styles checkbox in the AutoFormat tabs of the dialog box.

Good word processing practices do NOT use double returns for getting extra space. You should use the Paragraph Format settings to manage this -- and even better, use styles. Unfortunately, most training programs for Word only cover styles in "advanced" classes: IMHO, this is a terrible mistake, and results in people only using a tiny fraction of the capabilities of Word. If your document only uses the Normal style, you may as well be working with a mid-90s version of WordPerfect -- or the free WordPad that comes with Windows.

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Thanks for your help!
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