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Adding Individual Styles to the Template

Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated July 6, 2019)
This tip applies to Word 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Word in Microsoft 365


Templates are used in Word to define how you want your menus, toolbar, ribbon, glossary, and default styles to appear. When you are either adding new styles or changing existing styles, Word allows you to update the template to reflect those style changes. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Make sure the Home tab of the ribbon is displayed.
  2. Click the small arrow at the bottom-right corner of the Styles group. The Styles pane appears at the right of the program window.
  3. In the Styles pane, scroll through the list of styles until you see the style you want to change.
  4. Move the mouse pointer over the style name and then click on the down-arrow at the right side of the style name.
  5. Click on Modify. The Modify Style dialog box appears. (See Figure 1.)
  6. Figure 1. The Modify Style dialog box.

  7. Make sure the New Documents Based On This Template radio button is selected.
  8. Make any changes to the style you desire.
  9. Click on OK.
  10. To add or update other styles in the template file, repeat steps 3 through 8.
  11. When you have finished changing styles, close the Styles pane.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (6012) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Word in Microsoft 365. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Adding Individual Styles to the Template.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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