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Updating a style to match selected text

From: Word 2007: Styles in Depth

Video: Updating a style to match selected text

Let's say you need to update a style. Perhaps it needs to be underlined instead of bold, or perhaps you need to use left-align formatting as opposed to a first-line indent. The beauty of styles is that instead of having to create a new style and apply it throughout or take the time to make this change manually throughout your document, you simply update the preexisting style, and you're done. In this document, first we need to change the formatting from bold to underline in all the names and terms, such as Brendan, Plantersville, DDF, Fund.I and Partnership over here.

Updating a style to match selected text

Let's say you need to update a style. Perhaps it needs to be underlined instead of bold, or perhaps you need to use left-align formatting as opposed to a first-line indent. The beauty of styles is that instead of having to create a new style and apply it throughout or take the time to make this change manually throughout your document, you simply update the preexisting style, and you're done. In this document, first we need to change the formatting from bold to underline in all the names and terms, such as Brendan, Plantersville, DDF, Fund.I and Partnership over here.

Now these are also throughout our document. And if this is 250-page document - ours is actually only 5 pages, but keep in mind how much time this is going to save you. We're going to do this By Example. So select any instance, I'm going to select Brendan here, of the text names style. And what we're going to do is we're going to take the bold off and put the underline on. Now our style hasn't changed. So we need to change the style as well and update it. So over here in our Styles pane, and if you haven't turned it on yet, make sure that you click on the Extend button or do your keyboard shortcut of Alt+Ctrl+Shift+S. And then find Txt Names and do a right-click.

And then choose Update Txt Names to Match Selection, and that's it. Now this has been changed throughout our, let's say 250-page document. And this is going to save you an enormous amount of time. Okay, now what we want to do is we're going to select one instance of the Txt First Line, and if you go down here, remember the Txt First Line is this Additional Contributed Equity and our Adjusted Capital Account Balance. And again, this is something that's throughout our document. So you can select any instance.

I'll just choose this one here underneath Article I, 1.1 that says Additional Contributed Equity. And I'm going to select it. And I'm going to, let's say, put the italics on. So let's go up here to italics, and I'm going to click. So now we have italics added, but we haven't changed our style yet. So we're going to go over here to our Style pane, and we're going to find our Txt First Line, do a right-click, and say Update Txt First Line to Match Selection, and throughout our document, it's been applied.

So far, all the modifications have been to Character styles. The body text in our document doesn't match the rest of our document. That's this part in here, like this Whereas, Whereas, Now, Therefore. Everything else is justified. So we want to take all of those instances of our body text, and we want it to change to be justified. So select any instance of it. And I'll select this one here. And by the way, remember I can tell that this is Body Text by looking up here in my Classic 2003 Styles box.

If you don't have that turned on, we did cover the Classic 2003 Styles box in an earlier movie. Now we have this selected, our Body Text paragraph, and we're going to, By Example, make a little change up here. So it's left-aligned. We want it to be justified. So click on Justify and remember, we haven't changed our style yet. So we're going to go over to Body Text, do a right-click, and we're going to say Update Body Text to Match Selection, and now throughout our document, it matches the rest of our formatting.

You can imagine just how long these changes would have taken to make the adjustments we did in our document by using direct formatting and applying it manually. You can see how you can make modifications much more quickly and easily to your document by utilizing the power of Character and Paragraph styles.

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Word 2007: Styles in Depth

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  1. 2m 27s
    1. Welcome
      1m 35s
    2. Using the exercise files
      52s
  2. 22m 26s
    1. Why use styles?
      4m 25s
    2. Creating your first style
      4m 3s
    3. Displaying styles in use with the Style area
      3m 59s
    4. Viewing formatting applied to a style
      4m 24s
    5. Overview of the five types of styles
      5m 35s
  3. 28m 27s
    1. Using the Styles pane to apply styles
      5m 9s
    2. Applying styles using the Apply Styles box and alias names
      3m 54s
    3. Using the classic 2003 Style box
      4m 58s
    4. Replacing one style with another using Find and Replace
      3m 22s
    5. Using table styles to add professional design
      2m 58s
    6. Formatting numbered and bulleted lists using styles
      8m 6s
  4. 34m 3s
    1. Naming conventions and aliases for styles
      2m 53s
    2. Creating a paragraph style by example
      7m 21s
    3. Creating character styles
      6m 12s
    4. Creating a new style by definition
      5m 56s
    5. Basing one style upon another
      6m 13s
    6. Making custom table styles
      5m 28s
  5. 18m 33s
    1. Updating a style to match selected text
      3m 49s
    2. Modify styles using the Style Inspector
      7m 0s
    3. Automatically modifying styles
      3m 41s
    4. Modifying table styles
      4m 3s
  6. 12m 56s
    1. Applying styles with a click
      4m 29s
    2. Saving a selection as a new Quick Style
      2m 55s
    3. Adding and removing styles in the Quick Styles Gallery
      5m 32s
  7. 16m 50s
    1. Formatting an entire document with one click
      3m 17s
    2. What makes Quick Style sets work?
      6m 25s
    3. Saving custom styles in a new Quick Style set
      7m 8s
  8. 15m 15s
    1. Applying styles to build a table of contents
      7m 8s
    2. Generating a table of contents from applied styles
      5m 0s
    3. Modifying built-in table of content styles
      3m 7s
  9. 7m 26s
    1. Defining and using a new list style
      7m 26s
  10. 15m 10s
    1. Copying styles between documents and templates
      6m 56s
    2. Deleting unneeded styles and Quick Style sets
      4m 39s
    3. Renaming styles
      3m 35s
  11. 13m 46s
    1. Navigating using styles
      5m 4s
    2. Using and assigning style keyboard shortcuts
      5m 49s
    3. Printing a list of styles and keyboard assignments
      2m 53s
  12. 17m 26s
    1. Setting font, document, and template defaults in Word 2007
      6m 26s
    2. Setting sort order and styles to show
      6m 22s
    3. Editing, hiding, recommending, and restricting styles
      4m 38s
  13. 13s
    1. Goodbye
      13s

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