Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Applying and Customizing Quick Styles
ChAPTER 12
Applying and Customizing Quick Styles
Style Design with Users in Mind . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 379
Exploring the Quick Style Gallery
and Quick Style Sets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 384
Working with the Styles Pane. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 390
Creating and Modifying Styles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 395
Style Management Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 400
What’s Next? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 411
The more sophisticated you become with the documents you produce, the more likely
you are to want to automate and organize the content you create and use. Word
2010 offers a number of features that help you to work more efficiently and
productively. Building blocks, which you learned about in Chapter 7, “Creating and Reusing
Content,” help you create, save, and reuse content in various ways in all sorts of documents.
Styles are to formats what building blocks are to content. With a style, you can use a
readymade set of formatting attributes and apply them consistently to characters, paragraphs,
lists, and tables. This helps you build consistency into your document (one of the keystones
of effective communication; sudden changes of format can interrupt your reader and cause
them to lose the thread of your message).
Word 2010 carries on the Quick Styles approach started in Word 2007 by offering you a
gallery of style sets that you can apply to the text in your document. These style sets are
tied to the theme you’ve selected (remember themes? We covered them in Chapter 4,
“Templates and Themes for a Professional Look”), so the types of style sets you find in your
current document will vary depending on the theme you’ve selected for your basic
document design.
And of course, you can tailor the style sets, create your own, and modify existing styles to
your heart’s content. These items and more are the focus of this chapter.
Style Design with Users in Mind
In Chapter 11, “Formatting Your Document,” you learned about a number of ways Word
2010 helps you automate and control your formatting and apply ready-made formatting
choices—such as bulleted, numbered, and multilevel list styles—to your document content.
Because there are so many different ways to use styles in Word, developers separated the
tools you use to apply text styles, list styles, and table styles. This helps you find and apply
just the styles you need for the document element with which you happen to be working.
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