How to Make Your Own Formatting Style in Word 2010

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:

1

Type and format a paragraph of text.

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

2

Mark your paragraph as a block.

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

3

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.

4

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.

5

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

Make the name short and descriptive.

6

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.

7

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.

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