Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
In This Chapter
Finding where Word hides styles
Creating your own styles
Assigning a style shortcut key
Formatting can certainly be a job. There’s so much to format! In character and paragraph formatting
alone, you’ll find text sizes, colors, styles, margins, tabs, indents — lots of stuff and lots of time to
spend doing it. So much time that lots of people don’t bother much with formatting because they fear
having to do it over and over and over. That fear is unfounded, however, because Word features
something called styles, which make the process of formatting your text super cinchy.
The Big Style Overview
Styles are the virtual stew of formatting commands, all kept in one package. Apply a style, and you
apply all the formatting of that style to your text. Even better, when you update or change a style, all
text formatting with that style changes as well. In the end, you save time — and your documents look
A style is nothing more than a clutch of text and paragraph formats. You give the style a name
and then you use it to format your text. Or you can format your text first and then create a style
based on that text.
Style names give you a clue to how to use the style, such as Heading 1 for the document’s
toplevel heading, or Caption, used for figure and table captions.
You’ve already been using styles and probably haven’t realized it. All text in Word is formatted
using the Normal style, which is Word’s primary (or default ) style. In Word 2013, the Normal
style formats text in the Calibri font, 11 points tall, with left-aligned paragraphs, line spacing at
1.08, no indenting, zero margins, and 8 points of space after every paragraph.