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Understanding Styles

In Word, the term style refers to a collection of formatting commands that are grouped together and given a name. To apply a style, you can simply select the text you want to format (or position the insertion point in a new paragraph where you want the formatting to begin when you enter text), and then select a style in the Style list box on the Formatting toolbar—with a single click, you can apply a complete set of format settings to text. When you apply a style, all the formatting settings in the style are applied at once. As mentioned, styles in Word come in four types:

  • Character Formats selected text within a paragraph, including properties such as font, size, boldface, italic, and underlining.

  • Paragraph Affects all the properties associated with a paragraph’s appearance, such as text alignment, tab stops, line spacing, borders, and shading. Paragraph styles can include character formatting.

  • Table Gives a uniform appearance to table borders, colors, shading, alignment, and fonts.

  • List Affects alignment, numbering or bullet components, and fonts used within lists.


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