2. Select an answer file, and click OK. The assembly window appears. (See Select
an Answer File for Assembly.)
3. Click Overlay Answers (File menu). The Open Answer File dialog box appears.
4. Select an answer file to overlay, and click the
Open button. The assembly
window appears again, showing information from the overlay answer file; however,
the answer file you selected in step two is still assigned (as seen in the Current
Answer File drop-down list).
HotDocs 5 users: You can no longer save or load pattern answer files. Instead, to
merge specific answers from one file into the current answer file, use the Overlay
Answers command at the File menu of the assembly window. To distinguish
overlay answer files from regular answer files (as you could with pattern answer
files), create a separate folder in Answer File Manager and store your overlay
answer files there. (See Add, Modify, and Delete Folders in Answer File Manager.)
You can also specify an overlay answer file at the command line. (See
Introduction: Command-Line Options and Overlay Answer File.)
Assemble Multiple Documents
You can select multiple templates or clause libraries, and then start one assembly process
that will address each template. Each template or clause library will create a separate
document, using the same answer file, unless you select a different answer file during the
interview. (See Switch Answer Files During Assembly.)
To assemble multiple documents
1. At the HotDocs library window, press Ctrl or Shift, then select all the templates
and clause libraries you want to assemble.
Assemble. The assembly queue status box (located in the status bar of
the assembly window) displays how many assemblies are waiting, and the
Answer File dialog box appears.
3. Select an answer file and click OK. (Select an Answer File for Assembly.) The
assembly window appears.
If the item is a template, the first answer-gathering dialog is shown. (See
Assemble a Text or Form Document.)
If the item is a clause library, the clause library is shown. (See Select
Clauses During an Interview.)
4. Provide answers or select clauses for the interview.
5. After completing the interview, the End of Interview dialog notifies you that other
assemblies are ready to begin.
6. Close the assembly window, and begin assembling the next document.