by Allen Wyatt
(last updated November 30, 2019)
Philip is revising a long styles list in a template and came across the Hide Until Used feature in the Recommend tab of the Manage Styles dialog box. If he marks a style as hidden, it doesn't show up in the styles list, so how can it be used?
Using styles within a template is a great tool for creating consistent formatting within one or more documents. The styles list can become long, however, and you might not need to use every style in every document. The Hide Until Used option is located in the Recommend tab in the Manage Styles dialog box that is in the Styles Window (Ctrl+Alt+Shift+S). Hide Until Used allows you to hide any style that is not being used at the current time. This option makes it easier to manage the formatting of a project without deleting a style that will be used in a future document.
If you hide a style and later discover that you need to use it, just go back to the Style Pane Options dialog box, select the style that you want to use and click on Show.
To manage your styles list:
Figure 1. The Manage Styles tool at bottom of the Styles Task Pane.
Figure 2. The Recommend tab of the Manage Styles dialog box.
Word now displays the styles list in the Styles task pane according to your selections. If you want to later see the style you just hid (so that you really can use it), all you need to do is follow these steps:
Figure 3. The Style Pane Options dialog box.
The styles you previously marked as Hide Until Used now show up in the Styles task pane and can be applied in your document, as desired. Once the style is used in the document, even if you go back and change what is shown in the task pane, the Hide Until Used style, since it is now used, will appear.
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