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What Are Styles in Word 2013?

Using a style in Word 2013 makes it easy to apply consistent formatting throughout a document. A style is a named set of formatting specifications. For example, you might apply the Heading 1 style to all headings in the document and the Normal style to all the regular body text. Here are the advantages of this approach:

  • Ease: Applying a style is easier than manually applying formatting. And changing a style’s formatting is a snap. If you want the headings to look different, for example, you can modify the Heading 1 style to change them all at once.

  • Consistency: You don’t have to worry about all the headings being formatted consistently; because they’re all using the same style, they’re automatically all the same.

By default, each paragraph is assigned a Normal style. The template in use determines the styles available and how they’re defined.

In Word 2013 in documents that use the default blank (Normal) template, the Normal style uses Calibri 11 point font and left-aligns the text, with no indentation.

You can redefine the styles in a document, and you can even create your own new styles.

In the Styles group on the Home tab is a Styles gallery. (The Styles gallery on the Home tab contains shortcuts for commonly used styles.) The first row appears on the Ribbon itself, and you can see the rest of it by clicking the More button to open the full gallery.

Not all styles appear in the Styles gallery — only the ones that are designated to appear there in their definition. The rest of them appear only in the Styles pane. To open the Styles pane, click the dialog box launcher on the Styles group.

To apply a style, select the paragraph(s) that you want to affect or move the insertion point into the paragraph. Then click the style you want to apply, either in the Styles gallery or in the Styles pane. Some styles also have keyboard shortcuts assigned to them for quick applying.

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