Style

Updated: 08/02/2020 by Computer Hope

In general, style refers to the overall appearance or design of an object, or method of accomplishing a task. For example, in web development, a developer using CSS can quickly change the look of the headings on all of a website's pages at the same time.

Word processor styles

In a word processor, like Microsoft Word, a style is a set of text formatting characteristic, such as font size, color, and alignment. For example, a user could select the "Heading 1" style to make the text larger, blue, and bold; all without having to apply each of the different formatting characteristics individually.

You can adjust a style, and any text with that style applied is automatically updated. So, if you have several "Heading 1" type pages in your document, modifying that style changes the look of all your headings at once.

Microsoft Word styles

How to apply a style in Microsoft Word

To apply a style in Microsoft Word, follow these steps.

  1. Highlight the text you want to change.
  2. Click the style you want the highlighted text to use.

How to change or modify a style in Microsoft Word

To edit an existing style in Word, follow these steps.

  1. In the styles bar, similar to the example shown above, right-click the style you want to adjust.
  2. Click Modify style.
  3. In the Modify style box, change the characteristics to those you desire, and then click OK. If any text in the open document has this style applied, it should automatically update to the new settings.

How to create a new Quick Style

A Quick Style is a style listed in the Microsoft Word styles list that can be accessed at any time. If you format text the same way frequently, you can create a Quick Style to apply that same formatting to any text.

Microsoft Word Quick Style

To create a new Quick Style, follow these steps.

  1. Format text in a document to how you want your style to appear.
  2. Click the expand button below the scroll bar on the right side to get a list of style options.
  3. Click Save Selection as a New Quick Style.
  4. Name your new style and click OK.

or

  1. Format text in a document to how you want your style to appear.
  2. Highlight the formatted text.
  3. Right-click the highlighted text and hover over styles.
  4. Click Save Selection as a New Quick Style.
  5. Name your new style and click OK.

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