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Apply Word template to older documents possible?

We've created a new Normal.dot and have rolled it to our consultants but now our boss wants to know how to get older documents to conform to that new Normal.  I don't think that it is possible but has anyone heard of a way to do this?  

Also when he adds a page break and makes the next page landscape, he wants that page to be formatted uniformly with the previous portrait ones.  The footer is too far to the right and there is like almost 2 inch left or right margin.  Is there a way to format the margins and footer/headers between portrait and landscape modes?

Maybe it would be easier to lay it all out.  Can you...

1. Apply a template to older documents (successfully)?

2. Save/store a layout for landscape that will be a default or can be a one-click fix for margins?

3. Rename or create a group so when you create a new document, a company's template is highlighted or positioned to the far top-left so it is easy to find?

4. Force a naming convention when a user goes to save a document?

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I have done this in the past with some success. This works best if the same styles are
in both the original document AND the template you want to apply.

Open the old document in Word 2010, then open the Styles pane (Alt+Ctrl+Shift+S. Now do the following:User generated image
Close the existing template
Click on Open file and select the desired template
Select the styles in this template (Ctrl-A won't work: select first style, scroll to bottom, hold down Shift and click last style)
Click on Copy
Click Yes to all...
2010-rollout-Policy.doc
2010-rollout-Policy-NewStyles.doc
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@paulsauve - You said you've had some success, have you ever had it corrupt your current template?  I've spoken to some others and they feel this tinkering is what corrupts our templates so I want to be careful about what I show my boss.
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Thank you both for your time and effort.  We are holding off on the templates but I definitely want to give this a try.