How to Use a Formatting Style in Word 2010

By Dan Gookin

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:

1In 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.

2In 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.

3Click the Options link in the lower right corner of the Styles task pane.

The Styles Pane Options dialog box opens.

4Select 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.

5Click 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.

6Select 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.

7To dismiss the Styles task pane, click the X (Close) button in its upper-right corner.

The Styles task pane disappears.