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6. Housekeeping > 55. Clean Out Linked “Char” Styles

Clean Out Linked “Char” Styles

Documents created or edited in Word 2002 or 2003 have a nasty habit of sprouting hidden character styles that are hard to see, let alone eliminate. This hack shows you how to lead a “Char-free” life with Word.

In most programs that offer style-based formatting (such as InDesign, FrameMaker, or QuarkXPress), if you try to apply a paragraph style to just part of a paragraph, the entire paragraph is modified to reflect the new style. But in Word, things aren’t so simple. In older versions of Word, when you apply a paragraph style to only part of a paragraph, the paragraph retains its original style, but the selected text takes on the character formatting of the paragraph style you tried to apply. That introduces a lot of direct formatting into documents, which can make them difficult to modify and maintain.


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