The easiest way to make up a new style in Word 2013 is to use all your formatting skills and power to format a single paragraph just the way you like. Then create the style based on that formatted paragraph. Here’s how:


Type and format a paragraph of text.

Choose the paragraph formatting and also any text formatting, such as size and font.


Mark your paragraph as a block.

Do this prior to accessing the Styles area.


On the Home tab, in the Styles area, click the menu button to display the full Quick Styles Gallery.

The full gallery will appear.


Choose the command Create a Style.

The Create New Style from Formatting dialog box appears.


In the Name box, type a short and descriptive name for your style.

Short, descriptive names work best — for example, proposal body for the main text of a proposal, character dialog for the dialog part of a script, or signature line for the last part of a letter.


Click the OK button to create the style.

The style is added to Word’s repertoire of styles for your document.

The style is created and it has also been applied to the paragraph you typed (in Step 1). You can now use the style, applying it to other paragraphs in the document.

The styles you create are available only to the document in which they’re created. They’re saved with the document, along with your text.

If you create scads of styles that you love and you want to use them for several documents, create a template.

You may have to tweak some settings in your style.