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Chapter 14. Creating a Template > Creating Styles - Pg. 349

tions. I usually find it much better to run a check after the document is complete, so as not to interrupt my train of thought while writing. If I wanted to get really fancy, I could also create a customized writing style based on the MLA style guide that Word used while checking grammar. To do this, open Tools Op- tions Spelling & Grammar. Select a writing style from the drop-down list and click Settings to open a dialog that lets you modify the actual grammar settings. I won't subject you to all the details of the MLA style guidelines here, though. It's probably best to scan through the options on all of these tabs whenever you create a new template. Although many of the options can be set later, the whole idea of templates is to make the documents created with them faster, easier, and more consistent. Creating Styles One of the most important aspects of creating any template is controlling the for- matting of the text in the documents created from that template. No other Word feature is more useful for creating consistent, easy-to-apply formatting than styles. Styles are really just collections of formats that have been given a name and can be applied all at once. There are two types of styles in Word: Paragraph styles These contain formatting that is applied to an entire paragraph. Paragraph styles can include paragraph formatting (such as tabs, line spacing, and indenting),