Chapter 7. Styles

Styles are the seat of power in Word—any version, not just Word 2010. Word 2007 introduced additional tools that make using styles for formatting more powerful and more flexible. The dizzying array of options might leave you scratching your head in wonder and amazement, but perhaps in confusion as well. In fact, much of how Word 2010 goes about its business might seem shrouded in mystery, since there are so many unfamiliar elements, particularly if you leapfrogged past Word 2007.

This chapter sorts things out—solving the mysteries, reducing the confusion, and giving you a handle on which tools to use for what. It looks at concepts and tools, such as Quick Styles and Quick Style sets, the Style Inspector, the Apply Styles task pane, and the Styles task pane. It ties these features together and shows how they relate to legacy Word 2003 tools, such as the Modify Styles dialog box and the Organizer.

Styles Group

The most visible Ribbon control for applying and changing styles is the Styles group in the Home tab of the Ribbon. Seemingly simple, the Styles group is the tip of a rather large iceberg.

On its face are four controls, shown in Figure 7-1: the Quick Style Gallery, Style sets, Expand gallery, and the Dialog Box Launcher, which displays the Styles task pane.


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