> Is there a simpler and quicker way to do it?
Have the old document and the new template open.
File > Import > Formats
When I import the formats, I have both old and new styles in the document. I understand that I need to delete the old styles and manually apply the new styles. Is my understanding correct?
I find applying styles imported through File > Imports > Formats is time-consuming. I am looking for some simpler method.
What I expect is when I delete an old style, I should be able to specify an alternate new style. Is there any option available?
It sounds like you need the Paragraph Tools plugin ($10) from
There is also TemplateMapper, much more expensive, but with more
- if you're importing new definitions for existing styles, File > Import > Formats
- if you're importing new styles, then two one-off housekeeping steps: find/change by pasting to apply the new styles instead of the old styles, followed by deleting _all_ styles and using File > Utilities > Create and apply to retrieve only the styles currently applied
Not too time-consuming, though more so than using nifty third-party tools … corporate policies forbid such frivolities here, so I have to do everything the hard way ;-}
You could also use Rick Quatro's FindChangeSpecial plugin:
He also has a batch version of it to change a list of formats.