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: Changing Styles.

Changing Styles

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated March 14, 2015)

Once you have defined a style in Word, you can change it at any time. To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Display the Home tab of the ribbon.
  2. Click the small arrow at the bottom-right corner of the Styles group. Word displays the Styles pane.
  3. Locate the style you want to change and simply point to it with the mouse. (Don't click on it.) Word displays a down-arrow at the right side of the style name.
  4. Click on the down-arrow. Word displays a drop-down menu.
  5. Click on Modify. Word displays the Modify Style dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  6. Figure 1. The Modify Style dialog box.

  7. Change the attributes of the style, as desired. You may need to use the Format button to make your changes.
  8. When completed, click on OK.
  9. To change other styles, repeat steps 3 through 7.
  10. When you are done 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 (10389) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Changing Styles.

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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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