Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Creating a style from scratch
A second way to update a style is to use the controls in the Font and Paragraph groups
in the Home tab of the Ribbon to reformat some text to which you previously applied the
style. When the text looks the way you want, click the style’s drop-down arrow in the
Styles pane, and then click Update Style Name to Match Selection.
If you fi nd you frequently update style formatting, remember that you can enable Prompt
to update style in Word’s Advanced options. Then, any time you make formatting changes to
styled text (except for the Normal style, which can’t be automatically updated by any
method) and then click the style’s name in the Styles pane, Word displays the prompt
dialog box shown in Figure 7.9. The Update the style to refl ect recent changes option will
add the new formatting to the style’s defi nition, whereas the Reapply the formatting of
the style to the selection option will revert the style. Leave the former option selected
and then click OK to fi nish changing the style. To enable Prompt to update style, choose
Advanced, and in the Editing options section, click to check Prompt to
update style. Click OK.
If you’ve enabled Prompt to update style, Word asks you to confi rm whether you want to
update or reapply the style.
Creating a style from scratch
There are a couple of different ways you can create a new style. In general, every new style
you create will be based on an existing style. So you will want to start from a style that’s
similar to the type of style you need to create. For example, if you want to create a Body
Text style, start by reformatting some Normal text. Or, if you want to create a new heading
style, start from the existing heading style that’s closest to the look you want.
Here’s how to use the Create New Style from Formatting dialog box to save a new style:
1. Select some text that uses a style similar to the one you want to create, and
apply desired formatting. Leave the text selected.
2. Click the new Style button in the lower-left corner of the Styles pane. The
Create New Style from Formatting dialog box shown in Figure 7.10 appears.
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