This can happen when the Style is set to "Automatic update". Please see the following article for detailed instructions
Hope this helps
Ok you need to that with code
Open your Word document then press Alt + F11 to go to the Visual Basic Editor window. Now press Ctrl + G to bring up the "Immediate" window at the bottom. In that window paste the following command and hit EnterActiveDocument.Styles(wdStyleNormal).Automatically Update = FalseThat should do it
If you are not able to change it through code let me know and I'll show you another way
Don't forget to click the Accept button if you found that helpful
Succeded in finding "Immediate" window and copied the text you provided. This was done while I had the MS Word document open. When I tried to format a heading, I still have the same problem, i.e. the entire document is highlighted.
If what you suggested was successfull, (which it wasn't) would it only apply to the document I had open?
Ok I will send you another method to set this option. But first do you have a tab called 'Developer' on your Word ribbon
Ok click the Developer tab, then click the 'Document Template' button then make sure the box "Automatically update document styles" is unchecked
The box is not checked.
Ok please send me that file so I can have a look
I don't know if this works - I have also emailed the file.
Ok can you highlight the phrase that I highlighted in this screenshot
then press Ctrl + B
It should change only that phrase to bold. Let me if it doesn't
At this point thank you for clicking Accept - that is the only way I get credit for my time
Clicking control B does highlight, but it is not consistent. If I slect, for example, the heading "Social Sub Committee" in the second column and highlight it, once again the whole document goes bold and some formatting changes.
Once again, I have an appointment and will review your response this afternoon.
Ok but I am not sure how long I have to keep waiting for you day after day like this. Should have wrapped this up in one session.
I agree, but despite the various attempts to resolve my problem, there is still no change. I did not expect to spend so much time.
You have not responded to my statement that the problem remains despite your suggested solution. Do you have any other ideas?
Yes but I am continuing like that any more
I don't understand your response above.
Do you mean you have further suggestions, or that like me, you are frustrated by the length of time this is taking.
I have a job that I need to do, just as you do. I am not able to sit for 2 hours or more at a computer non stop - I have an appointment schedule that I need to keep. I'm sorry that there have been interruptions, but that's the way it is.
Hello, my name is XXXXX XXXXX I think I have found the answer to your problem.
While in your Word document click CTRL-ALT-SHIFT-S to bring up the Quick Styles box.
You will see a list of Quick Styles available in your document. Right-Click the Style titled "Normal", click on Modify, then uncheck "Automatically Update". Close the dialog box and you should be able to highlight only a selection to bold.
The reason is that the "Normal" style is what your document is based on, with the automatically update button is checked every formatting change you make updates the whole document.
I hope this helps and you'll accept my answer.