Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Formatting Power with Styles
Text Formatting:
Font, Size, and Style
Formal, Modern, and so on—that gives you a sense of its feel. Use your mouse pointer
(or use the arrow keys) to take a look at each style; when you move to a style, the
document changes to show you how that style set looks in your document (Micro-
soft calls this Live Preview). When you find the style you want to use, click it or press
Enter. Word applies the style to your document and changes the styles in the Home
tab’s Styles section to match your choice.
Figure 2-14:
With Live Preview,
you can see how
different style sets
will format your
document before you
apply them.
Tip: The standard style set in Word 2010 is called, not all that imaginatively, Word 2010. If you find a style
set you prefer, you can make it the standard for your Word documents. Apply the new style set to a
document and then choose Home➝Change Styles➝Set as Default (Alt, H, G, S).
Creating your own style set
If none of Word’s style sets meet your needs, you can let your inner text designer out
to play by creating your own style set. The easiest way to do this is to start with one
of Word’s style sets as a baseline and then tweak it to customize.
To customize an existing style set, start by opening a document that has a bunch of
different styles, such as titles, subtitles, headings, body text, and so on. Then follow
these steps:
1. SelectHome ChangeStyles StyleSet(Alt,H,G,Y).
The menu of current style sets (shown in Figure 2-14) appears.
2. Movethroughthemenu,usingLivePreviewtogetalookatthedifferentstyles.
Whenyoufindonethat’sclosetothestylesetyouwanttocreate,selectit.
Word uses the style set you selected to set the current document’s styles.
 
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