For example, Heading 1 is automatically typeset as Chapter 1: Chapter 1 Title. I would like to change this to Chapter 1 - Chapter 1 Title however. How can I achieve this? I'm using Word 2013.

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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is not about writing but about how to use a specific software application. There are other forums for this. – user5645 May 29 '15 at 14:57
  • This doesn't answer your question, but if you're searching Google using the word style, I don't think you'll find your answer. Microsoft uses Style to mean something different than what you're asking (since you want to change the text, not the font, size, or color). You will have better responses if you look up heading templates, most likely. Here is a page that might help, though. – Ice-9 May 29 '15 at 15:41
  • Press the F1 to bring up help and type 'change heading style' or something similar into the search box. – S. Mitchell May 29 '15 at 16:58
  • Closed, this is off-topic here. Superuser has a microsoft-word-2013 tag, you might consider searching those questions. – Goodbye Stack Exchange May 29 '15 at 17:10

For the "Chapter 1 - ..." portion, you'd want to right-click the Heading style, then click Format >> Numbering >> Define New Number Format, and then set the Number format as "Number 1 - "

For the "chapter title" portion, you'd want to define a "SUBJECT" field code (say) in the header, and then refer to that field code in the document.

  1. So in the header, go Header & Footer Tools >> Quick Parts >> Field
  2. Under Field Names, choose Subject, then type the New subject text that should appear (i.e., the chapter title).
  3. At this point, you can use [Alt + F9] to toggle the field.
  4. Exit out of the header, and on a line in your document, go Insert >> Quick Parts >> Document Property >> Subject.
  5. This will place an instance of the resulting field, which (when selected) will have a Subject tag.
  6. For the Subject tag that you just placed, assign the Header style, such that the result is "Chapter 1 - Chapter 1 Title"

Unfortunately, Word doesn't let you simply paste that Subject tag into the Number format field (it turns into plain text, stipping off the field code). However, if you create a blank document with the basic fields that you need, then you can use that as a template for each new chapter you create.

When working with fields, if a field isn't updating, then you can typically right-click and choose Update Field to force the update.

As an alternative to clicking through the Quick Parts menu, the keyboard shortcut is [Alt + i + f] (i.e., Alt insert field, which is the old school menu shortcut that still works).

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