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Chapter 13. Style sheets > To create a new style sheet:

To create a new style sheet:

For a paragraph style sheet, highlight either the first word of, or an entire paragraph, and apply any character or paragraph attributes, such as font, point size, type style, color, horizontal scaling, tracking, indents, leading, space after, H&J, horizontal alignment, tabs, rules, etc. that you want to be part of the style sheet. I'll refer to this as the "sample" paragraph.


For a character style sheet, highlight and style a word or a string of words.

With the paragraph or text string still highlighted, choose Edit menu > Style Sheets (Shift-F11), then choose New: Paragraph or Character . Or click the word "New" to create a paragraph style.


Right-click on a paragraph or character style sheet name on the Style Sheets palette and choose New from the pop-up menu .

Enter as descriptive a name as you can think of for the new style sheet in the Name field (, next page).

Optional: Press Tab to move the cursor to the Keyboard Equivalent field, then press a number on the keypad alone or with the Ctrl key down.

Optional: To apply successive paragraph style sheets automatically as you input text, you can chain one style sheet to another. To do this, choose from the Next Style drop-down menu. When you enter a paragraph return as you input text, the Next Style sheet will apply automatically to the next paragraph you type.

Click OK or press Enter (and click Save, if necessary, to exit the Style Sheets dialog box ). Be sure to apply the new style sheet to the sample paragraph, in addition to any other paragraphs (next page). Two other methods for creating a style sheet are on page 203.

What's The Difference?

A character style sheet contains only character attributes: font, type style, point size, color, shade, horizontal/vertical scale, tracking, and baseline shift. A character style sheet can be applied to one or more characters.

A paragraph style sheet, on the other hand, contains paragraph formats, tabs, and rules. It derives its character attributes from the character style sheet that's currently associated with it. A paragraph style sheet can only be applied to entire paragraphs.



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