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Welcome to the forum.
How many topics are you talking about in total?
Are there links between the projects?
Thanks for the welcome & quick reply.
The combined topic total is 268.
There are links between all projects.
Given the small number of topics, it would seem easier to have one project provided you can get the layouts you need.
The problem is that the CPD for the all in one project has to know about all the topics and to do that, you have to import them. There aren't many and you can import all the topics in a folder in one go so it shouldn't take that long.
Your cross project links will be broken so you'll have an exercise on fixing that.
The map files can probably be manually merged in Notepad or similar. Similarly with the TOC and Index files.
Take a copy of the project and run some tests. It will need some tweaking. Only you can decide whether it is worth the effort.
To add to Peter's excellent advice, you could just import the various map files into your project which would avoid having to merge them.
Just a further thought to my previous post, if you have identical mapids in the slave projects you would have to merge them. Personally it is always best to add a prefix to mapids - available in the mapid options - when using merged projects and CSH. This gets around any duplication provided you don't use the same prefix twice
Thank you to you both Peter & Colum. This was pretty much what I expected so it is good to have it confirmed & to have received your tips, although I suspect I have some work ahead of me.
Also, I'm impressed with the forum & will be back again.