RE: Adding custom colors to Word template?

Subject: RE: Adding custom colors to Word template?
From: "Karen Murri" <kmurri -at- comcast -dot- net>
To: "'Robotti, Anne \(Carlin\)'" <ARobotti -at- CarlinGroup -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 2 Aug 2006 11:08:56 -0500

I spent some time looking into this problem and found no easy answers. Word,
as near as I could find, doesn't have a way to add colors to the default

It might work to create AutoText entries for the stuff you need to change.
If the AutoText entry is stored in your Normal template, it will be
available to all of your documents. You can use AutoText for just about any
type of text, object, table, or graphic (although I never tested the theory
with graphics) and it retains the formatting including styles and colors.
Create and format the element, select it, and then add it to your AutoText
(Insert/AutoText/AutoText -- AutoText tab).

Also, any text color can be made part of a style and it's fairly easy to
copy styles from one document to another (Tools/Templates and Add-Ins --
Organizer button).

Hope that helps,


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Robotti, Anne (Carlin)
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Subject: Adding custom colors to Word template?

Hi all,

I searched the archives for this, but didn't see anything that related to my
specific situation.

I'm trying to tie my technical manuals into a branding initiative at my

As one part of doing so, I want to change various things (table header
shading, link colors, various graphic elements) to a color that ties in with
the company logo.

I'm working in Word 2003 on Windows XP, and I can't figure out how to add a
custom color to the color palette. I've really only ever worked in
FrameMaker, but the options don't seem to be in the same place. Also, I
would like to be able to control the transparency of the color in the table

Follow-up question:

I've never done a manual in Word before, and I find that I'm continually
being tripped up by this kind of stupid thing. I finally just wrote a macro
to change my link colors, but I can't write a macro every time I want to
change the color of something. What's the best resource for basic help with

Thanks for any help,

Anne Robotti


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