How to Apply Styles to a Document in Word 2011 for Mac

By Geetesh Bajaj, James Gordon

In Office 2011 for Mac, a style is the way in which content is formatted, and the format is made up of a collection of attributes, for a font, paragraph, tabs, border, language, frame, numbering, shortcut key, or text effects in Word.

The Ribbon in Office 2011 for Mac helps you apply all kinds of styles including text formatting, table styles, header and footer styles, as well as others. The styles that can be formatted using Word’s Styles dialog (choose Format→Styles to open it) are the same styles as displayed on the Styles palette of Word’s Toolbox.

It’s great that styles, one of the most powerful features in Word and Office, are so easy to work with. Styling your document is as intuitive as 1-2-3.

Follow these steps to apply a style:

  1. Select some text to apply a style to.

  2. Click the Toolbox button on the Standard toolbar to display the Toolbox if it isn’t already being displayed.

  3. In the Toolbox, click the List button to reveal All Styles if they aren’t visible already, or choose a style filter.

  4. In the Pick a Style to Apply list, choose a style that you want to apply to the selected text.

After you’ve applied some styles, click into the text of various portions of your document. Notice that the Styles palette tells you which particular style has been applied to that selection. The current style of selected text is kept constantly refreshed. You can see this displayed as the first thing in the Current Style of Selected Text section.