The benefit of employing master documents is you can work on more manageable
individual subdocuments to edit chapters, but also view the entire thesis when required.
Features such as Tables of contents can be inserted at any time and updated regularly.
When working with Master Documents:
The master document itself does not need to contain any content, but you will
probably want to include front material such as title page, abstract and tables of
content before the subdocuments for the remaining material
It is a matter of personal preference whether other material (Preface,
Acknowledgements, Author͛s declaration) is created as a subdocument or
entered directly into the master
Store the template, subdocuments and master document and other resources
together in the same folder
For best results you must use the same template for subdocuments and the
During the process of constructing the master document, Word will insert
additional section breaks. You must not delete these
To ensure breaks are not removed accidentally it is strongly recommended you
work with non-printing characters visible (Home > Paragraph > Show/Hide)
Never add content after the final section break
Constructing a Master Document
The overall process is:
First close all documents that are to be included in the master document and then
create a new document based on your thesis template; save with a suitable name.
Create your title page and pages for other front material – allow for tables of
contents, figures and tables, but do not try to enter these yet.
Enter a page break ready for the first chapter (shortcut: CTRL + Enter).
Switch to Outline View (View > Document Views > Outline).
On the Outlining tab select Master Document > Show Document.
Insert the first document: On the Outlining tab select Master Document > Insert.
Make sure the insert point (cursor) is at end of document and continue inserting
the remaining chapters.
Close Outline View and re-save the master document.