Displaying the Styles You Want Displayed

Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated October 13, 2022)
This tip applies to Word 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Word in Microsoft 365


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Dave is frustrated by having to scroll through long drop-down lists of styles to find the one he is looking for. He wonders if there is a way to reorder the styles so that the ones that appear are those that are actually being used.

Using styles within a document or template is a great way to make sure you have a uniform look across multiple pages and documents. Sometimes, however, the list of styles can become long and not every style is needed for every project. Fortunately, Word allows you display only the styles you are using.

  1. Make sure the Home tab of the ribbon is displayed.
  2. Click on the small icon at the lower-right corner of the Style group. Word displays the Styles dialog box.
  3. Click Options. Word displays the Style Pane Options dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  4. Figure 1. The Style Pane Options dialog box.

  5. Using the Select Styles to Show drop-down list choose In Current Document.
  6. Click OK.

The styles that appear in the Styles pane are now only the styles that are being used in the current document.

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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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2022-10-13 08:34:05

Jennifer Thomas

Unfortunately, 'In current document' means 'ever existed in this document'. - if you paste test containing a style, then remove that style from all paragraphs, it will still show in the Style pane even if you have 'In Current Document' enabled. Same with 'In Use' -- the name implies that you would only see styles applied to text NOW, but that is not what happens (it's actually 'styles that were ever used in this document'.

The good news is that Allen has a macro to remove unused styles - that is really what most people want (just make sure you've applied all the styles you need first!) http://word.tips.net/T001337_Removing_Unused_Styles.html


2021-04-21 11:15:09

Scott Knitter

Great tip! Next I'd like to know how to get rid of the annoying tool tips that pop up from each style as I hover over styles in the Styles panel. These make it almost unusable sometimes! I don't need the tool tips at all. It's really a mess when these decide to pop up. But perhaps displaying only the styles used in my document will reduce the need to hover and get tool tip buildup.


2021-04-20 14:10:11

cherie

Where is the Style box? I can't find it. It doesn't appear when the Home ribbon is showing. These instructions are therefore uselesss.


2020-09-29 16:40:45

Scott Knitter

I wonder if defaults can be set for those first two settings? I never want anything but All Styles and Alphabetical.


2020-04-20 09:39:34

Richard Warner

It would be nice if Word actually worked as advertised, but unfortunately this function is buggy as Wuhan right now. Do you know any work-arounds? When I select "In Use" it gives me a blank pane. When I select "Current Doc" it gives all the styles known to Man.


2019-09-19 08:21:47

Rob

This was very helpful. Thanks so much for this great site.


2019-06-19 09:31:44

HR

My coworker is using Microsoft 2016 and when she selects a style in her document the Style Pane Gallery on the right side of her screen does not automatically scroll/select the type of style she has selected in the document. I can open the same document on my computer and all works fine. Any assistance you can provide would be GREATLY appreciated.


2019-06-13 20:51:42

uri

Thanks for the info.

I can see all the styles in the style dialog box.

However, a few styles are missing from the Ribbon's style listing when it is set to the Home tab.

Can you help solving this problem?

Many thanks,

Uri


2019-06-06 11:32:49

JH

Thank you kindly, this was exceptionally helpful in ridding me of some frustration.


2019-03-23 14:20:13

Bill Messick

Thanks, Allen. This will be a real time-saver!


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