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Styles aren’t one of Microsoft’s masterpieces when it comes to ease of understand-
ing. But grasping how they work, where they’re stored, and when they change helps
to explain many of Word’s idiosyncrasies, and pays off handsomely in the long run.
Where Styles Are Stored
Every document has a collection of ready-to-use, built-in styles, whether you’re aware
of it or not. (To be more precise, every document is based on a template that stores
a canned set of styles, as described on page 141.) Word opens each new blank docu-
ment with the Normal paragraph style preselected.
The styles available in your document are listed in several places: in the Font panel
of the Formatting Palette, the Formatting toolbar, the Ruler toolbar, and the
Format→Style dialog box (see Figure 4-2).
Tip: There are many more styles in the Style dialog box than in the Formatting Palette or the toolbar
menus, which contain only a selection of the most useful styles. To see that comprehensive list of styles
without opening the Style dialog box, just Shift-click one of those menus.
To apply a canned style to text you’ve already typed, highlight the text. For example,
drag through some text, or click once inside a paragraph to select it. (You can also
choose a style for a new paragraph before you begin typing it.)
Style to see
the styles available in your
document. Each document
comes with a few heading
styles, such as the Normal style
and Heading 1, because the
Normal template has these
starter styles built right in. (See
page 202 for more on
templates.) Starting from a
different template might
produce a different set of