Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. If you are using an earlier version (Word 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Word, click here: Defining Styles.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated June 26, 2018)
Styles are key to the underlying power of Word. They allow you to consistently define how your text should look throughout a document or a series of documents. There are a number of ways in which you can define styles, but the way you use them will depend most heavily on the version of Word you are using. To define a style in Word, simply follow these steps:
Figure 1. The Create New Style from Formatting dialog box.
Once the style is defined (or an existing style modified), you can use your style anywhere you like within your document.
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