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Chapter 15. Using Styles, Templates, and... > Formatting Documents with Styles - Pg. 300

Using Styles, Templates, and Themes 300 Word, like PowerPoint and FrontPage, supports themes, which are prepackaged sets of background colors, graphical bullets, and other design elements, suitable only for Web pages. Themes origina- ted with FrontPage, and aren't so much integrated with Word as they are tacked on--you can't create or change a theme using Word. If you want to create or modify a theme, you must use FrontPage. In general, themes can cause behavior that many experienced Word users will find perplexing (themes aren't stored in templates--they're in *.inf and *.elm files). To learn how to modify your FrontPage themes, see "Changing the Styles, Colors, and Images of a Theme." Formatting Documents with Styles A style is nothing more or less than a shorthand for formatting: Put a bunch of formatting specifi- cations together, give it a name, and you have a style. If you find yourself applying the same for- matting to text throughout a document, use styles to ensure a consistent and professional appear- ance that's easily modified. Use styles to control the formatting of the following: · Heading paragraphs--Whether the headings are chapter titles, section names, product num- bers, department names, contract division subtitles--doesn't matter. If your document has a repeating kind of paragraph that's always formatted the same way, create a style for it. · Repeating body text--If your document includes repeating body text that requires formatting different from the norm, use a style to format it. For example, if your company name always appears in Arial 12-point bold, create a style for it. If you have a contract in which party of the first part is always bold, use a style. Similarly, use a style to format italicized telephone numbers in a company phone directory, to highlight company names in a marketing report, or to call attention to negative numbers in a corporate balance sheet.