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: Deleting Styles.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated February 12, 2021)
As you work with styles in Word, there may come a time when you want to delete a style you previously defined. To do this, follow these steps:
You cannot delete styles that are predefined in Word. If you select these styles, the Delete option is not available in step 3.
Note that in step 4 there are two possible options you can use to actually delete the style. If the style is based on an underlying style, then you can only "revert" the style. This means that all the text that uses the style you are deleting is changed to the underlying style for the style you are deleting. If there is no underlying style, then you have the option to actually delete the style.
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