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How to Use a Formatting Style in Word 2010

In Word 2010, a style is nothing more than a clutch of text and paragraph formats. You give the style a name, and then you use it to format your text in a Word document:

1

In your document, select the text you want to format.

You can select text in a number of ways. For example, click-and-drag over the text you want to select.

2

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.

3

Click the Options link in the lower right corner of the Styles task pane.

The Styles Pane Options dialog box opens.

4

Select the option All Styles from the Select Styles to Show drop-down list.

Or, if you want to keep the list shorter, choose the option In Use or In Current Document.

5

Click OK.

If you chose the All Styles option, the Styles task pane is updated to list every dang doodle style available in Word. It has quite a few of them.

6

Select a style from the Styles task pane.

After you choose a style, your document’s text is reformatted to reflect that style. That style is applied to the selected text.

7

To dismiss the Styles task pane, click the X (Close) button in its upper-right corner.

The Styles task pane disappears.

Styles can be applied by using a keyboard shortcut. For example, the Normal style shortcut key is Ctrl+Shift+N. (Not all styles have keyboard shortcuts, however.) You can also choose a new style and then just start typing; the new style affects the new text you type.

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