Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Customizing a Template
Templates: Reusable
Document Blueprints
To change a style, hover the pointer over it so the symbol to the right of the style’s
name becomes a downward-pointing arrow. Click the arrow and, from the menu
that appears, select Modify. The Modify Style dialog box opens, as shown in Figure
7-4. This dialog box has the name of the style you selected already filled in, along
with its properties and formatting. Here’s what you can change:
Name. When you modify an existing style, this box displays the name of the
style you selected. If you like, rename the style to something that’s easier for you
to remember.
Style type. Word has five style categories:
Paragraph. This sets the style for an entire paragraph, up to the final
paragraph mark ( ) that Word inserts when you hit the Enter key. For a
paragraph style, you can set font, paragraph, tabs, border, language, frame (text
wrapping), bullets and numbering, and text effects. Many of these settings
appear in the Formatting section; if you don’t see the formatting option you
want, click the lower-left Format button and select a setting from the menu
that appears.
Character. This applies to specific text within a paragraph, such as foreign
words you want to italicize or computer code . When you select text and
apply a character style to it, the selected text appears in that style, whatever
the style of the rest of the paragraph. You can set font, border, language, and
text effects for character styles.
Linked (paragraph and character). This is a hybrid of a paragraph style
and a character style. If you select only part of a paragraph and apply a
linked style to it, the selected text takes on the linked style’s formatting,
but the rest of the paragraph remains unchanged. If you simply click in a
paragraph without selecting and apply a linked style, then the entire
paragraph takes on the formatting. Linked styles appear in the Style window as
a paragraph mark ( ) followed by the letter a.
Tip: All of Word’s built-in heading styles are linked styles. Here’s a neat trick for working with them: Select
the first word or phrase of a paragraph and apply a heading style to it. This makes the first few words
stand out in the text—and now those opening words can show up in Outline view (page 27), appear in a
table of contents (page 173), or be cross-referenced (page 171).
Table. This applies to the text and formatting of tables. You can set table
properties, borders and shading, banding (number of rows or columns in a
band), font, paragraph, tabs, and text effects for table styles.
List. As you might guess, this style formats both bulleted and numbered
lists. Style settings include font, bullets and numbering, and text effects.
In the Modify Style dialog box, the “Style type” field shows the kind of style
you’ve chosen.
 
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