You can make your own Word 2010 styles most easily by creating the style in a document and then basing a new style on your already formatted text. 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:


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.

For example, you can triple-click on the paragraph to select it.


In the lower-right corner of the Styles group on the Home tab, click the dialog box launcher.

Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+Alt+S. (It helps to be quite dexterous with your left hand to conjure up that shortcut.) The Styles task pane opens.


Click the New Style button, which appears in the lower-left corner.

The Create New Style from Formatting dialog box appears,. It’s the place where new styles are born.


In the Name text box, type a name for your style.

Make the name short and descriptive.


Select Paragraph from the Style Type drop-down list, if it isn't already selected.

If Paragraph already appears in the Style Type box, you're good to go.


Click the OK button to create your style.

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

And now, the shortcut! The fastest way to create a new paragraph style based on text you've typed and formatted is to follow Steps 1 and 2 in the preceding set of steps and, from the Quick Style Gallery, choose the command Save Selection As New Quick Style. Doing so displays a tiny dialog box in which you merely have to type the name of your style. Click the OK button and you're done. Cinchy.

Even though there’s a quick way to create a style, don’t be too quick to discard using the Create New Style from Formatting dialog box. That method gives you much more control, including options to make changes to the font you created.