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Formatting with styles
Formatting with styles
In Word 2013, most of the properties that determine the
appearance of your text are divided into character formats and
paragraph formats . Among the character formats are font name,
font size, bold, italic, and underline. The character format com-
mands are on the Home tab, in the Font group. The paragraph
formats include line spacing, the spacing before and after para-
graphs, alignment, and indents. The paragraph format com-
mands are also on the Home tab, but in the Paragraph group.
A linked style acts like a paragraph style—setting both
character formats and paragraph formats—if you apply
it to an entire paragraph. It acts like a character style—
setting only character formats—if you select less than an
entire paragraph before you apply the style.
A table style applies only to tables. It includes some char-
acter and paragraph formats plus borders and shading of
cells, rows, and columns.
Every paragraph has some paragraph style. If you haven’t
applied any other style to a paragraph, by default, it has the
Normal style. When you apply a style to part of your document,
that text is formatted with all the settings defined in the style. If
you change the definition of the style, all the parts of the docu-
ment with that style change at once. It is in this way that styles
can make formatting your document quicker, while also making
the appearance of elements in your document consistent and
easy to change.
A style is a collection of formats that are applied all at once.
There are several kinds of styles:
A paragraph style formats at least one whole paragraph. It
includes both font formats and paragraph formats.
A character style can format as little as a single character.
It includes only character formats. You can add a charac-
ter style to selected text, and it will overwrite the charac-
ter formats defined by the text’s paragraph style.
 
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