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Problem with Word 2010. Instead of changing the format of the highlighted text, all text in the document is changed

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I've been experiencing a very annoying problem with Word 2010.

I highlight a word (or group of words, or paragraph) to make formatting changes. This includes simply trying to change the text to Bold or Italics.

Instead of changing only the highlighted text, I find that Word changes ALL text in the document. (ie. instead of one word being Bold, all text becomes Bold). To fix the over-zealous text formatting, I then have to click Undo or Alt-Backspace. Then I find that all of the other text reverts back to it's most recent state, except for the text I had highlighted.

This problem occurs whether I use keyboard shortcuts or click the appropriate icons for formatting of text.

Has anyone else experienced this problem? If so, is there a way to fix it?
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Hello,

what is the style of the selected text? Right-click the style in the Styles panel and select "Modify". Make sure that the check box "Automatically update" is not selected.

If that does not help, post a copy of the document here. Include just a few paragraphs of dummy text, so we can inspect the styles.

This article shows how to display the style of the currently selected text in the QAT.

cheers, teylyn

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Your suggestion seems to have worked. Thank you for such a prompt and useful fix. It surprises me that the "Automatically Update" box is checked by default, which means that I can't be the only person who has experienced this problem (I couldn't find a solution anywhere on the Microsoft support site).

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