When you format a document, avoid as much as you can direct formatting. All the more when several files are involved, such as template, master and subdocuments.
To understand why direct formatting is harmful, you need to understand the priority between styling elements.
- At the bottom, there are paragraph styles.
- Above them, character styles allow to override the general attributes set in the paragraph style.
- At the top, direct formatting will hide anything in the other layers.
When a sub-document is referenced by a master, formatting is performed by the styles defined in the master. Consequently, you can replace formatting (paragraph and character) by defining styles with the same name in the master. If a named style in a sub-document does not exist in the master, the sub-document definition is used.
But direct formatting has no name. As such, it can’t be overridden in the master and will be used as is. Remember that to make things worse, direct formatting is in the top style layer and can’t be overridden.
The method to use when you have a complex document structure (e.g. master + sub-docs, eventually with template(s)), format everything exclusively with styles. Then, changing the styles in the master has predictable and reliable effect.
To fix your problem:
Clear direct formatting or
M on all problematic paragraphs. For a more definitive solution, reformat your sub-docs with character styles (or more generally styles) where needed.
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