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Microsoft Word 2007: When I generate an index how can I control the font of the created text?

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Dear Experts,
I have an index which I have generated by highlighting text and then doing ALT-SHIFT-X to mark an index entry.

The various bits of text that I have selected have various fonts, styles and bolding.  When I generate the index the index entries do not have a standard style.  They have the style of the source text.  How can I control the index generation process so that the index entries are always generated with a standard style of my choosing?

Best Wishes,
PT
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Ingeborg Hawighorst (Microsoft MVP / EE MVE) earned 500 total points
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Hello,

Select the index, right-click and select Styles > Clear formatting, then apply a style of your choice, for example Index 1.

You will need to repeat that every time the index is refreshed with F9.

The other option is to format the hidden text in the index entry to the desired color and bolding.

Annoying, I know.

cheers, teylyn

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Dear Teylyn,
Where I have a big bold A, B, C etc for each of the index entries starting with those letters your solution will turn off the bolding right? For that part of the index?
Phil
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It will, probably. So you may want to use the other option and format the hidden text in the index mark.
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That seems like such a lot of work.  Is there really no way to auto-generate an index from different styles?
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