Word: Remove formatting from cross-referencesMarch 12, 2010
Sometimes you’ll add a cross-reference to a figure or table, and part of it (the number usually) will display in bold text. Or perhaps you’ve inserted the cross-reference in a table but the font used in the table is smaller than that used in the body text, yet the cross-reference displays in the larger font.
I’m not sure what causes it but here’s how to fix it:
- Right-click on the cross-reference field, and select Edit Field.
- The Preserve formatting during updates check box should be checked — check it if it’s not, then click OK.
- Select the cross-reference field, and manually change the formatting to what you want it to be (remove the bold, make the font smaller or larger, or whatever formatting is ‘out of whack’). It should now hold for any future updates of that field. You can test it by updating the field.
(Hint: If you use fields a lot and need to know where they are in your document, turn on the option to always show them shaded in gray.)
- Bookmark cross-reference formatting (when preserve formatting doesn’t seem to work): https://cybertext.wordpress.com/2008/12/22/word-bookmark-cross-reference-formatting/
- Unbolded caption numbers: https://cybertext.wordpress.com/2010/08/02/word-unbolded-caption-numbers/
[Links last checked February 2012]