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Chapter 11. Using Styles for Repetitive Formats > Choosing a Formatting Method

Choosing a Formatting Method

You're always using at least one style when you work with Word. The Normal style, built into Word, gives your document its default formatting choices. If you have the Formatting toolbar displayed when you start a new document, you can see the Normal style in the Style Preview box, already selected (see Figure 11.3). The Normal style's formatting selections are basic: they include a font and font size (12-point MS Serif, 10-point Times New Roman, or a different font, depending on your printer), left alignment, and single-line spacing. Word also makes other styles available for items like page numbers, headers, and footers. You learn how to change the Normal style in the section Redefining Standard Styles later in this chapter.

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Style information for a paragraph, such as alignment, is stored in the paragraph mark at the end of each paragraph. If you delete a paragraph mark, that paragraph assumes the style of the next paragraph. If the next paragraph has a different style, you will see formatting change.

Be aware when deleting paragraph marks. Because of the danger in losing a paragraph's formatting, some Word users prefer to work with paragraph marks showing. You can display paragraph marks in your document by clicking the Show/Hide Paragraph button in the Standard toolbar. When displayed, paragraph marks appear like a reversed bold P, (¶), at the end of each paragraph.



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