Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Paragraph formatting attributes
Open the Borders and Shading dialog box by clicking Borders and Shading at the bottom of
the Borders menu in the Paragraph group of the Home tab.
You might be wondering from all this how to determine whether a setting is a
paragraphformatting attribute. One way is to see whether the attribute can be applied to a paragraph
without the whole paragraph’s being selected. For example, if you click anywhere inside
a paragraph and click the Center button in the Paragraph group of the Home tab, Word
centers the whole paragraph. The same anywhere-in-the-paragraph rule is true for each of
the other alignment options. The same applies to borders, shading, indentation, bullets,
numbering, and line spacing.
Note, however, that two “paragraph-formatting” attributes behave according to the if
nothing is selected, format the whole paragraph rule, but behave differently if part (but not
all) of a paragraph is selected. These two are shading and borders. While they generally are
considered paragraph formatting, they also can be character formatting.