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Chapter 3: Word Styles
Chapter 3: Word Styles
In This Chapter
Discovering how styles and templates work
Applying a new style
Creating your own styles
Altering a style
Creating a new template
Welcome to what may be the most important chapter of this topic —
the most important in Book II, anyway. Styles can save a ridiculous
amount of time that you would otherwise spend formatting and wrestling
with text. And many Word features rely on styles. You can’t create a table of
contents or use the Navigation pane unless each heading in your document
has been assigned a heading style. Nor can you take advantage of Outline
view and the commands for moving text around in that view. You can’t
cross-reference headings or number the headings in a document.
If you want to be stylish, at least where Word is concerned, you have to
know about styles.
All About Styles
A style is a collection of formatting commands assembled under one name.
When you apply a style, you give many formatting commands
simultaneously, and you spare yourself the trouble of visiting numerous tabs and
dialog boxes to format text. Styles save time and make documents look
more professional. Headings assigned the same style — Heading1, for
example — all look the same. When readers see that headings and paragraphs are
consistent with one another across all the pages of a document, they get a
warm, fuzzy feeling. They think the person who created the document really
knew what he or she was doing.
Styles and templates
Every document comes with built-in styles that it inherits from the template
with which it was created. You can create your own styles to supplement
styles from the template. For that matter, you can create a template,
populate it with styles you design, and use your new template to create
distinctive letters or reports for your company.
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