Create a Building Blocks in Word

Building Blocks are a fresh new way to reuse pieces of content within your Word docs. Logos, address blocks, tables, pictures, text…you name it you can reuse it. The old days of having to open up a Word doc, select some text, hit the copy button, then switch docs and paste are over. Well not over, just can be done much more efficiently when you have content that is used often.

So go on and open up a Word document if you would like to try. Type some content that you plan on using again. For example, if you write letters to a frequent client, then write down their mailing address information.

Step 1: Select the content you want to reuse again. From the Insert tab click Quick Parts and choose “Add Selection to Quick Part Gallery…”.

Building Blocks Word 2010 step 1

Step 2: Name the building block and click Ok.

Building Blocks Word 2010 step 2

Step 3: The final step is to insert the Building Block to the document. Click the Quick Parts button, then choose the item on the list you want.. Note- You can save as many building parts as you would like. They will be listed in alphbetical order.

Building Blocks Word 2010 step 3

After clicking the building block from the list it will be added to the document. Give yourself a high five for just saving some time!

Building Blocks Word 2010 step 4


About Steve Chase

I'm a proud husband and dad to 4 boys! Microsoft Certified Trainer and Boy Scout Leader are some of things I call myself. The Cincinnati Reds are my favorite team! When not outdoors, I enjoy working with documents in Microsoft Office, QuickBooks, Visio and Photoshop. My wife, Erin, shares her awesome recipes on her blog at
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4 Responses to Create a Building Blocks in Word

  1. Kim says:

    re: buildingblocks, if you know the name of the quick part entry, type the (unique) beginning, and hit F3 to insert the named quickpart.

  2. Mark says:

    is there any way to get Building Blocks to sync across Word installs? maybe via Skydrive? I’d like my Building Blocks/QuickParts to be available in Word on any of my installs.

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