Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Chapter 6: Paragraph Formatting
Paragraph Formatting
Working with paragraph styles or direct formatting
Finding and applying paragraph formatting tools
Indenting and aligning paragraphs
Adding spacing around and within paragraphs
Lining up text with tabs
Applying numbering, bullets, shading, and borders to emphasize paragraphs
Everything you type in Word exists in paragraphs. Even if you type nothing at all every
Word document — even one that you believe is completely empty — contains at least one
blank paragraph that already has formatting settings assigned to it. You can think of each
paragraph as another type of formatting unit.
This chapter goes into detail about the numerous paragraph formatting choices available in Word,
including indentation, alignment, spacing, list formats, shading, and borders. You’fill also learn
about the interaction between selected Word options and the nuances of paragraph formatting.
Choosing between Styles and Paragraph Formatting
When it comes to document design and formatting, you can often achieve a similar look using
totally different tools in Word 2013. For any given paragraph, however, only one way is the most
effi cient. After you learn about the various ways to format paragraphs, developing the habit of
using the most effi cient tools will serve you well, especially when much of your workday involves
creating documents.
As with character formatting, when you are formatting paragraphs, you have to choose between
applying direct formatting and using paragraph styles. Many users simply ignore the existence
of styles and use all direct formatting. But whether they realize it or not, every blank document
created using the default Normal.dotm template contains a single paragraph style, called Normal,
and a single character style, called Default Paragraph Font.
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