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Chapter 11. Using Styles for Repetitive ... > Formatting a Document Automatically

Formatting a Document Automatically

Imagine that you quickly dash off an important business letter, paying no special attention to the letter's formatting. Then with a click of the mouse, the letter suddenly takes the shape of the formal business letter you had in mind. The Format, AutoFormat command gives you that power.

When you choose Format, AutoFormat, Word goes through your document paragraph by paragraph, applying appropriate styles. If you've included a list of items, each preceded with an asterisk, for example, Word reformats the list, replacing asterisks with bullets and adding the bulleted list style. If you've only formatted some of the text, AutoFormat completes the job. AutoFormat ensures that the formatting is consistent throughout the document and also improves the appearance. The styles Word applies come from the template that is currently attached to the document. See Figures 11.4 and 11.5 for an example of a document that has been formatted with AutoFormat.


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