IN THIS CHAPTER
Working with the tools in the Styles group
Using, creating, and modifying styles
Updating the document using a Style Set
Creating and modifying Style Sets
Finding style inconsistencies
Styles combine power and flexibility to serve as Word’s most important formatting method. Some users hesitate to take advantage of styles because they can seem like an intimidating “advanced” feature with a dizzying array of options.
This chapter gives you a handle on which style tools to use for what in Word 2013 so that you can format new documents and update the look of older ones with ease. You will learn various ways to apply, clear, create, and modify styles. The chapter also introduces Style Sets, the Style Inspector, and methods for managing styles.
It’s hard to overstate the value that styles deliver when creating and formatting a document. Not only do styles help a document look more lively and consistent, they give the reader a road map to understanding the relative priority of the text. Applying heading styles helps your readers identify major topics and their subtopics, and you can use other styles to emphasize special content, such as quotations and sidebars. Figure 7.1 compares a basic document that uses the default Normal style for all text to an improved version with title and heading styles applied.