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Creating New Styles

Up to this point in the chapter, we’ve been looking at existing styles. Most likely, you could create the majority of your documents using the built-in styles found in the Normal.dot template. Doing so would ensure that your documents look consistent, your formatting time is reduced, and your documents are able to interact with the Word tools that rely on styles. But keep in mind that millions of other people use Word as well, and your documents might look rather familiar (and possibly mundane) to them (and to you). And even though Word includes numerous styles in the Normal.dot template, you might find that you need a style that’s not provided, such as a boxed tip element or a shaded sidebar. When you want to add some formatting spice or find you need an additional style, you can create your own styles, as described in this section.

Your primary tool when you create new styles is the New Style dialog box. The New Style dialog box offers options specific to the type of style you’re creating (character, paragraph, table, or list), as shown in Figure 9-6. To access the New Style dialog box, click the New Style button in the Styles And Formatting task pane.


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