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Format your document with styles

Modify command and its related dialog box

To change a style using the Modify Style dialog box:
Callout 1 In the task pane, display the style's menu, and click Modify.
Callout 2 Make the change you want in the dialog box—select a different font size, for example.

The other way to change a style, but the one with more options, is to use the Modify command and go through its dialog box. This is also where you find the option to add the change to the document's template.

You needn't select any text in the document. In the Styles and Formatting task pane, just open the menu for the style you want to change and click Modify (as shown in the picture). Along with making the formatting change you want, you have many other choices, including these:

  • Rename the style (except for built-in styles). Give it a name that you'll recognize at a glance.
  • Change the style that this style is based on.
  • Update the template to reflect the modified style.

Note    For built-in styles, such as this heading style, your new name doesn't overwrite the old name—it is added to it, and can be used as an alternative name. For example, if you gave Heading 1 the name Top Heading, in the Styles and Formatting task pane you'd see this: Heading 1, Top Heading. To use the alternative name, you'd type Top Heading into the Style box on the Formatting toolbar, and press Enter. The Heading 1 style would be applied.

In the practice session, you'll work in this dialog box and see the full range of its options.

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