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Chapter 9. Using Styles to Increase Your... > Making Styles Work for You

Making Styles Work for You

Before you create and customize styles to suit your purposes, you should be comfortable using and applying existing styles. Word provides plenty of styles that you can use to format your documents while you hone your style skills. Incidentally, the quickest way to apply styles to documents is to use the styles that already exist. Don’t be intimidated when it comes to using styles. In Word, you can easily change all occurrences of a style. In fact, after you’ve applied styles, you’ll be able to select and modify all instances of a style as well as clear formatting if you determine you’d rather not use a specified style. The next few sections examine how to apply, select, change, and clear existing styles.

Applying Styles to Text

Logically enough, applying a style entails first specifying the element you want to format. You can specify text to be styled by clicking within a paragraph, selecting text within a paragraph or multiple paragraphs, or positioning the insertion point at the beginning of an empty paragraph in which you want the selected style to be applied when you type. After you’ve specified what you want to format, you can perform any of the following procedures to apply an existing style to the text:


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