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Line spacing defaults for text boxes in Publisher 2013

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I have upgraded to Microsoft Office 2013.  One program I use a lot is Publisher 2013, however this new version is making things difficult.

Is there a way to set the default line spacing of text boxes?  By default, line spacing is currently set to 1.19sp and 6pt after paragraphs.  

I would like line spacing to be 1sp and after paragraphs to be 0pt.

I can do this manually, but some of my publications end up having tons of text boxes and it gets annoying to have to change each one.

I know I can create a "Page Part" and insert that instead of using text boxes, but this isn't ideal because if I open an old publication with a text box that is formatted the way I want it, and copy it over to a new document, the line spacing gets reverted back to the default settings.

So I am looking for one of two things:

A way to set the default text box settings without using page parts (preferred)

or

A way to copy text boxes from old publications and retain line spacing settings.
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by:Rgonzo1971
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Hi,

Why not try a macro

Sub TextBoxReformatLineSpacing()
    Dim shpShape As Shape
    For Each shpShape In ActiveDocument.Shapes
        If shpShape.Type = msoTextBox Then
            With shpShape.TextFrame.TextRange.ParagraphFormat
                .LineSpacing = LinesToPoints(1)
                .SpaceAfter = 0
            End With
        End If
    Next shpShape
End Sub

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Regards
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by:pmitllc
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I would prefer to do this without macros.

I find it odd that if you have two publications with a text box on one of them with custom paragraph formatting, you can't copy and paste it into the other one without losing those settings.

Also, I just found an article that states the default line spacing in Publisher 2013 was changed to 1.19 from 1 and the space after paragraphs was changed to 6pt from 0pt to match up with Word.
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pmitllc earned 0 total points
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I was able to find this article for Publisher 2010 and it works for 2013 as well.

http://www.brighthub.com/multimedia/publishing/articles/88591.aspx
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by:pmitllc
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This does exactly what I was looking for.
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