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Special Edition Using Microsoft® Office XP by Woody Leonhard, Ed Bott

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Understanding Your Formatting Options

Every Word document consists of components arranged in a strict hierarchy that is unrelated to the way you create a document. Every Word document follows a predictable hierarchy, consisting of one or more sections, which in turn contain one or more paragraphs, each of which consists of one or more characters. Although it's possible to select an entire document and apply formatting to it, Word doesn't actually format at the document level; instead, it applies your changes individually to characters, paragraphs, and sections within the document.

Word allows you to apply formatting directly, by making a selection and then using the Styles and Formatting task pane, the Format menu, or the Page Setup dialog box. ...

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