Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Tracking Inconsistent Formatting
Another way to keep an eye on styles while you work is to enable the option to track
inconsistent formatting. When this option is turned on, a blue wavy line appears under text that
uses direct formatting similar to a style used in your document.
Use Word Options to turn this feature on or off. On the File tab, click Options then click
Advanced. In the Editing Options area, select the Keep Track Of Formatting check box.
Select the Mark Formatting Inconsistencies check box, and then click OK.
The contextual spelling feature also uses a blue wavy line to identify possible
contextual spelling errors. For more on this feature, see Chapter 10, “Editing, Proofing, and
Using Reference Tools.”
Where Did that Style Come from?
One final offering in the Reveal Formatting pane that’s worth a mention: you can find
the source of a particular style by selecting the Distinguish Style Source check box at
the bottom of the Reveal Formatting pane.
Selecting this check box causes Word to display the style from which the new style was
created. For example, if a Note style applied to a segment of text in your document
was created based on your Body Text style, the task pane shows you that information.
That’s helpful to know if you’re planning to change the Body Text style at some point—
you’ll be able to see at a glance which other items in your document will be affected by
If you want a kind of one-stop shop for the various decisions you need to make as you
manage the styles in your documents, the Manage Styles dialog box is that place. You use
the Manage Styles dialog box to limit style formatting; choose the styles you want to be
displayed in the Styles pane and Apply Styles dialog box; edit styles; and more.