Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. 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: Using the Style Area.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated January 11, 2018)
Word can show you what the style names are for all paragraphs in your document. This is useful if you are editing a document and need to see if the appropriate styles have been applied. To reveal styles on the left side of the screen, follow these steps:
Figure 1. The advanced options of the Word Options dialog box.
Now, whenever you switch to either Draft or Outline views (using the controls on the status bar is a good way to do this) you'll notice the style area at the left side of the screen. The style area is not visible in any other view you might use.
Notice that the style assigned to each paragraph is now visible within the style area. If you want to change the width of the style area at this point, you can do so by using the mouse. Simply click on the vertical line that sets off the style area and drag it left or right.
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