Styles

The Styles feature in Word allows you to quickly format a document with a consistent and professional look. You can store the formatting instructions for your headings, subheadings, font style, text spacing, and more in the form of a style, and then use that style to easily format and edit your entire document. You can also save the paragraph and character styles you create, and use them in some of your other documents.

This section will show you how to apply a style, create a new style, and modify and delete styles.

Applying a Style

To apply a style to a paragraph or portion of text, follow these steps:

  1. Select the text you want the style to be applied to. To format your title, you can use the "Title" style, to format your headings, you can use the various "heading" styles, and so forth.
  2. Click the Home tab.
  3. Select a style from the thumbnail options in the Styles group. To see a preview of what a style looks like, hold the mouse over the thumbnail option. To see more styles, click the arrow on the right of the Styles group.

Adding a New Style

You may want to create your own style, and add it to the Styles group on the Home tab so that you can access it easily and quickly. To add a new style to the Styles group, follow these steps:

  1. Create the style by applying your preferred text attributes, for example font face, size, and color, to a portion of text.
  2. Select the newly created style.
  3. Click the Home tab.
  4. Click the arrow group arrow on the bottom-right of the Styles group. The Styles dialog box will open.
  5. Click the New Style button newstyle on the bottom-left of the dialog box.
  6. Type a name for your style in the Name field.
  7. Click OK.

Modifying and Renaming a Style

To modify a style, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Home tab.
  2. In the Styles group, right-click the thumbnail of the style you want to modify if you are using a PC, or control-click the thumbnail of the style you want to modify if you are using a Mac. A shortcut menu will open.
  3. Click Modify. The Modify Style dialog box will open. From here, you can change the font style, spacing, headings, and more.
  4. modify box

  5. When you have selected your modifications, click OK.

To rename a style, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Home tab.
  2. In the Styles group, right-click the thumbnail of the style you want to rename if you are using a PC, or control-click the thumbnail of the style you want to rename if you are using a Mac. A shortcut menu will open.
  3. Click Rename. A dialog box will open.
  4. Enter a new name for the style.
  5. Click OK.

Deleting a Style

Preset styles created by Word cannot be deleted, but to delete a style you have made, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Home tab.
  2. Click the arrow in the bottom-right of the Styles group. The Styles dialog box will open.
  3. Click the Manage Styles button manage styles. A dialog box will open.
  4. Select the style you want to delete from the list.
  5. Click Delete.
  6. Click Yes.
  7. Click OK.

 

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