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Word 2013 paragraph formatting

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When I am editing a document in Word 2013 to format, for example a paragraph to be bulleted or indented, and different from the remainder of the document, it doesn't seem to work. Before 2013, I would select the title (for example) and change it to center on the page. Worked fine. Now when I do that, the entire document changes to centering. Same with bulleting, formatting margins for a paragraph ...
Am I missing something?
Thanks!
Ryan
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by:GrahamSkan
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The style that you are using might be set to 'Automatically Update'.
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by:RyanPSchmelz
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Can you tell me how to fix it?
Thanks
Ryan
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by:GrahamSkan
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Can you post a sample document, please?
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by:Sigurdur Armannsson
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My guess is that the different paragraph styles are based on the Normal style and change according.
Please upload a sample document. It should be easy to solve this.
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by:RyanPSchmelz
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Here's one from today: when I highlight the title to center it, the whole document centers.
When I highlight a paragraph to make it a numbered item, the entire document becomes item #1
:-(
Thanks again for your help!
Ryan
WORD-formatting-problems-sample.docx
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Sigurdur Armannsson earned 500 total points
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The problem here is that all the "Returns" are actually soft returns and therefore all the text in the document is in the same paragraph style.

If you click the Paragraph symbol in the ribbon (looks like a mirror P) you can see the invisible characters, returns, spaces etc.

At the end of each paragraph there is a soft return but should be hard return, like when you tap on the Return key. Soft return is made by using Shift and Return at the same time.
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by:Sigurdur Armannsson
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Btw: Go to Find & Replace and put Manual Line Break in the Find and Paragraph Mark in the Replace.
Check if it replaces right and then Replace All.
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by:RyanPSchmelz
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Aha! The text was originally drafted on my iPad, with hard returns. It appears the Soft's crept in during the movement from Evernote ...
Thank you!!
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by:Sigurdur Armannsson
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Cool!
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by:GrahamSkan
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If it happens again, the Find and Replace (Ctrl+H) symbols should be

Find: ^l        (lower case L)
Replace: ^p
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