Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Styles are part of the document template. See Chapter 16 for more information.
Understanding style types
Word sports five different types of styles, each customized to format a different document element.
You’ll most likely only use (or even see) the first three:
Paragraph: The paragraph style contains both paragraph- and text-formatting
attributes: indents, tabs, font, text size, — you name it. It’s the most common type of style.
Character: The character style formats only characters, not paragraphs. All character
formatting mentioned in Chapter 10 can be stuffed into a character style.
Linked: The linked style is a combination style that can be applied to both paragraphs
and individual characters. The difference depends on which text is selected when you apply the
Table: The table style is applied to tables, to add lines and shading to the table cells’
contents. Refer to Chapter 19 for more information on tables in Word.
List: The list style is customized for presenting lists of information. The styles can
include bullets, numbers, indentation, and other formats typical for the parts of a document that
present lists of information. See Chapter 21 for info on lists.
These types come into play when you create your own styles, as well as when you’re perusing styles
to apply to your text. For example, if you want to create a new look for tables in a document, you
make a Table style. Or when you want a style to affect only text and not paragraphs, you create a
Character style.
Locating styles
In Word, styles dwell on the Home tab, in the aptly named Styles group, as shown in Figure 15-1 .
What you see is the Style Gallery, which can be expanded into a full menu of style choices.
The dialog box launcher, in the lower-right corner of the Styles group, is used to quickly display a
task pane full of styles, also shown in Figure 15-1 . To dismiss the Styles task pane, click the X
(Close) button in its upper-right corner.
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