How to Make Your Own Formatting Style in Word 2010

By Dan Gookin

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:

1Type and format a paragraph of text.

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

2Mark your paragraph as a block.

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

The Styles group in Word 2007

3In 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.

Create New Style dialog box in Word.

4Click 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.

5In the Name text box, type a name for your style.

Make the name short and descriptive.

6Select 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.

7Click the OK button to create your style.

The style is added to Word’s repertoire of styles for your document.