To Build Stand-alone Modules and Lessons
This function is great for development projects with multiple contributors, or for those times when you need to focus on just one topic. And it allows you to work in smaller files.
Attach enables the LeaderGuide Pro functionality without creating a new facilitator guide or participant guide.
You can attach to any open Word document, new or existing.
You will be asked to specify the LGPro document type and Collection, and given the option to update existing content in the current document to the Collection being attached.
After you Attach all of the LGPro ribbon functionality is available to use in the document.
This means you can:
- Add Modules and Lessons
- Add LGPro Content Blocks
- Use Special to Add PowerPoint and Picture images
- Use all of the other LGPro Special functions as well, including the Extract functions
- Use Librarian
The idea is that you can build Module and Lesson chunks outside of the full LeaderGuide Pro guidebook structure to keep file size manageable and for any other reasons you may have.
Save = Archive
Once you Save your document you have "archived" it. You can use LGPro Librarian to Insert your archived content into existing LGPro guidebooks.
Attach = Transform
Because Attach involves applying a Collection to the document you are attaching to it allows you to open an LGPro document that was created using one Collection and Attach a different Collection to update the styles, icons, headers and footers. This is useful when you are trying to decide which collection to use. And it is invaluable when you are re-purposing previously archived Modules and Lesson that were created in a different Collection.
Tip: If you need to change the collection in use in an existing LGPro facilitator guide, run an Extract into a new facilitator guide in the desired Collection. That way you will have the Collection's cove page and Introductory Materials section, including the Graphic Cues page for the Collection you are converting to. Because Attach does not add these components, it only converts the existing content.
Open a new Word document, or an existing document you want to attach to.
Click on Attach in the Start group on the LGPro ribbon.
In the Attach Specifications dialog box, select the guidebook type, page layout and Collection you want to use.
Click OK. You will be prompted to Save your file.
You must Save.
When you are attaching to an existing LGPro file it is wise to save with a NEW name so that you do not overwrite the existing file.
Respond to several questions about updating the document. You will be asked if you would like to update the styles and block icons, even when attaching to a new document. You will be asked several more questions related to updating to the Collection being attached when attaching to an existing LGPro document.
Receive a message confirming that you have successfully attached, click OK and begin working in your document.
Working with Existing Content
If you attach to an existing document that has content you would like to move into LeaderGuide Pro format, this is easy to do. There are several ways to approach this, depending on the nature of the source content. And there are several things to do first, to make it faster and easier for you. Learn more in the Attach to Convert Tutorial.
If you attached to a new document....
ADD a Module
- Click on the Module button on the LGPro ribbon
- Enter a Module name, click OK. Enter a Lesson name, click OK.
- If you don't know the Module and Lesson names leave them as New Module and New Lesson for now. Change the Module name on the Module page and the Lesson name on the first page of the Lesson any time.
Start Building Your First Lesson
If you selected Facilitator Guide as the document type when you Attached, and if you are using LeaderGuide Pro Plus, then you will now have a Module Overview page, followed by a lesson page. Fill in the Module page as the information is available to you. Begin building content at the start of the Lesson page. Follow these simple steps:
Click on the LGPro Content Block you want to use.
Add a headline to the block at the first black paragraph mark just above your content. The idea is to quickly call attention to what you want the trainer to say or do. Depending on the block you add, it may already have a headline. For instance, the Key Points block comes in with the headline "Make the following key points:"
The rest of the text in the block should be LGP Text style. Simply start typing. Or paste in content. Use the Paste Special button in the Text/Table formatting group if pasting.
You can of course use the LGP Bullet and LGP Number styles to format your block content.
Repeat this process, adding the appropriate Content Blocks.
If you will be adding slides and you come to a spot where you know a slide will be used, add a Slide block as a placeholder. Once your content is built out you can use the LGPro Special Replace function to replace the empty space in the slide blocks with images of your slides. Alternatively you can use LGPro Special Add to import your slides at the end of your file and then work around them.
Or, if you need to built slides, add a Slide block and type in the slide title and slide text. Make a note about any images you want on the slide - don't add them. Then , when you are ready, use the LGPro Special Create PPT from Text function to send your slide text into PowerPoint. After you finish your slides, use the LGPro Special Replace PPT function to replace the text in your slide blocks with your slide images.
If you need to add picture images use the LGPro Special Add Pictures function. Do not float images.
If you need a table or nested table, use the LGPro Table button in the Text/Table formatting group.
When you come to a point that starts a new Lesson add a new lesson using the Lesson button on the LGPro ribbon.
Remember to Save your work.
To re-open the file and continue working in it, use the Open button on the LGPro ribbon, to ensure that the LGPro functionality will be enabled for you.
Please use the other Tutorials to learn more about using LeaderGuide Pro.