Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Mastering the Styles Pane
When you create a new document based on the Normal template in Word 2010, the Styles
pane shows the same styles found in the Quick Style gallery by default. You can display all
styles by using the Options link at the bottom of the Styles pane.
Table and list styles are not displayed in the Styles pane. To display list styles, use the
Multilevel List tool on the Home tab in the Paragraph group; you can access Table styles in the
Table Styles gallery, which is on the contextual Table Tools Design tab (displayed when a
table is active). The Apply Styles pane and Styles combo box can list all styles, including
table and list styles.
The Styles pane contains the following elements:
Styles The Styles list shows the name of the style followed by a symbol that
identifies the style type: paragraph (¶), character (a), and linked (¶a). If no symbol appears
next to a list item, the item represents direct formatting (not shown by default). For
any style in the Style list, you can hover the pointer over the style to view a summary
of the style’s settings (style definition) and access additional options by clicking the
arrow that appears to the left (or right-click the style). This includes options that are
similar to those you see when you right-click a style in the Quick Style gallery, such
as Update Style Name To Match Selection, Select All # Instance(s), Modify, and Add
To Quick Style Gallery. It also includes the ability to delete a style and clear the
formatting from text that uses the style. For in-depth information on these options, see
the next Inside Out tip titled “Clearing and Deleting Styles.”
Disable Linked Styles You can, in effect, “turn off” the linked styles aspect of your
styles so that they behave like paragraph styles, applying a style to the entire
paragraph and not only selected text.
Show Preview You can view style formats in the Styles list to help you find styles
New Style Displays the Create New Style From Formatting dialog box. This is where
you can create a new style. Additional details on new styles can be found in the
section titled “Creating and Modifying Styles,” on page 395.
Style Inspector Opens the Style Inspector dialog box, which helps you to identify
the style and formatting applied to paragraphs and text. Using the Style Inspector,
you can open the Reveal Formatting task pane as well as identify and clear styles and
formatting, which is discussed in the section titled “Inspecting Styles,” on page 401.
Manage Styles Opens the Manage Styles dialog box, in which you can modify,
create, and import/export styles; specify the names and order of the styles that show
in the Styles pane and Apply Styles list by default; and restrict availability of styles
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