Format Style


Styles are collections of formats, and come in two flavors:

Character styles

These contain formatting that is applied only to selected characters within a paragraph. Characters within a paragraph can have their own style even if a paragraph style is applied to the paragraph as a whole. Character styles can include only character formatting.

Paragraph styles

These contain formatting that is applied to an entire paragraph. Paragraph styles can include paragraph formatting (such as tabs, line spacing, and indenting), character formatting (such as font, size, and color), and formatting that applies to either characters or paragraphs (such as borders or languages).


This section is intended to provide a description of the tools used in managing styles. For a look at how styles fit into Word’s big picture, check out Chapter 2. For a look at creating styles as part of a template, see Chapter 14.

The easiest way to view styles in Word is using the Style drop-down list on the Formatting toolbar. It shows whether a style is character or paragraph and gives some basic formatting information about the style, such as font color and size.

View Paragraph Styles in a Document’s Style Area

Set the Tools Options View Style Area Width option to anything greater than zero to display a pane to the left of the document that shows the names of paragraph styles used. Find out more about this tool in Chapter 3.

Word also offers a Style dialog box (Figure 8-26) that ...

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