Hi, Carly -
When a template file is attached to an existing topic, the impact is limited. I believe only the header/footer and CSS will be updated on existing topics. The body section of templates or other changes (such as a script element in the head section) will not be applied. Those sorts of items are only applied when the template is used to create a new topic.
I am sorry to say that I know of no way in RH7 to reapply a template to existing topics in such a manner. I have yet to use RH8, so I can't speak to that.
There are ways to do these sorts of mass updates to HTML outside of RoboHelp using a scripting language such as Perl, but I don't know how to accomplish it from within RH7.
Thanks I sort of knew this was true since I could not make it work. Do you think if I created a new css file I could do it that way?
I'm thinking I could use DreamWeaver and create a website with my folder structure and apply it there. I think that might work. Thanks for your quick therapy.
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Sounds more like a job for a multi file find and replace tool such as http://www.helpware.net/FAR.
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You are correct about DW not fixing the template. DreamWeaver will just let me have a collaborative site that others can edit their pieces with. I then pull them off the server and update my RH files. Thanks for the tool reference it looks very useful-)