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Word 2011 bug

I need help debugging this. The image is a screenshot of Word 2011 bug effects that are standing in the path of a book am finishing. Detail: I am using Microsoft® Word for Mac 2011, Version 14.21.3 (111085). While the Print view looks fine, and clicking on any text shows the correct style in the Styles toolbox, the Outline view has big problems. Lines of normal text, regardless of formatting, show up in the Outline view as Level 1. They also show up as Level 1 or 2 in the Document Map Pane sidebar, which is the pane on the left. I use this pane to navigate around the book, which is close to 300 pages and over 80,000 words. I can fix the problem by clicking on the line of text incorrectly seen by word as Heading 1, clearing the formatting, and re-formatting it if necessary. But that takes me about an hour each time this happens, and it's a huge PITA. Word's AutoRecovery works rarely, and when it does, the AutoRecovered file has the same problem. FWIW, I don't use any fancy formatting, instead relying on Word's own default Headings and other styles. Also, if I save in Outline view, ALL TEXT gets turned into Level 1, and the document is hosed. I just have to go back to the last good copy. Any clues or help you can provide would be greatly appreciated. And please don't tell me not to use Word. It's a requirement for getting the book in, and if I could avoid it, I would.

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Uploaded on October 26, 2011