Microsoft Word/Word Header Error



My problem is related to word header error. In my all guides i have header containing the chapter name and guide name. the language set for the UI of Office is US English. But my client uses Office (German version. when i share guides with client he sees the following error in the header in German language:

Error! Use the Home tab to apply Titre 1 to the text that you want to appear here.

i tried the solutions provided at microsoft community, but it did not help resolve the problem any way.

Could you please provide me a workaround to resolve this error.


It appears that you're using a StyleRef field to pick up the chapter name. If you are using Heading 1 for the chapter name, then the solution is easy. In English, you would normally have { STYLEREF "Heading 1" }, whereas German apparently requires { STYLEREF "Titre 1" } (though I would expect "titre" to be required in French, "titel" in German). Luckily, for the built-in heading styles, you can use just numbers: { STYLEREF 1 }; this format is language-independent.

Provided the language of the document has not been changed from English to German, this problem should not arise, but, since it does, perhaps you can use this solution.
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Suzanne S. Barnhill


I've been using Word for Windows since version 2.0 (1992), and the more I learn about it, the more I realize how little I know. But I may know a few things that you don't, and I'll help if I can. I answer many questions every day in Microsoft's peer support forums and as a result have been awarded the MVP (Most Valuable Professional) designation by Microsoft Corporation. You may be able to find the answer to your question at the Word MVPs' FAQ site or at my own Word FAQ site, so please check those first! Please, no questions about VBA (macros), Registry editing, networks, or complex merges, as I have no experience with these aspects of Word, nor do I have any experience with Word for Mac. Please indicate which version of Word you are using; if you are not sure, see "What version of Word do I have?".


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