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- Understanding the five types of styles
- Formatting an entire document with one click
- Creating custom character, paragraph, and table styles
- Setting font, document, and template defaults
- Assigning style keyboard shortcuts
- Basing one style on another
- Modifying styles automatically
- Editing, hiding, and recommending styles
- Exploring Word 2010 character spacing
- Copying, deleting, and renaming styles
- Formatting numbered and bulleted lists
Skill Level Intermediate
A cool feature that was introduced in Word 2007 is the Style Options component. Once you begin using styles to their full capacity--which I hope you will after learning just how powerful they are and how much time they can save you--your Style list may become rather large. The Style Options feature makes it easier to use your styles when they are sorted the way that you work best, and you can select which styles you want to view, along with several other added bonuses, which of course we'll explore.
Let's open up the Styles window. Notice the styles and how they're sorted. Open the Apply Style box by holding down Ctrl+Shift+S on your keyboard. Click on the down arrow, and also notice how the styles are sorted here. You may notice they're sorted exactly the same way as they are in this Styles window. At the bottom of the Style window, on the far right side, you'll see an option that says Options.
Click on it and it will open up the Style Pane Options window. The first option here is to Select styles to show, and if you click on the down arrow, you'll see that you have four options: Recommended, In use, In current document, and All styles. Select In use. This will show us the styles that are in use in this particular document. The next box says Select how list is sorted. Click on the down arrow, and the choices here are Alphabetical, As Recommended, Font, Based on, and By type.
Let's choose Alphabetical and then click on OK. Notice this change has been applied both to the Styles window and to the Apply Styles box. Go back to the Options at the bottom of your Styles window. In the second box, click on the down arrow, and let's select By type. Now our list will be sorted by character, linked, and paragraph styles. Click on OK and you can tell by the icons over here, these are your character styles that are denoted by a little a. Then you've got the next characters here, which has a paragraph mark and a small a, which are your link styles.
And if you scroll down, you'll see an icon that's depicted by the paragraph mark. Those are all of your paragraph styles. Go back to Options, and this time let's select, instead of In use, let's say that we want there is in the current document, and we want them sorted alphabetically, and then click on OK. This not only shows the styles being used in the document, but the styles available for use in this particular document. Now remember, documents are a container for styles, and the styles follow the document.
Let's go to Options again and select, in our top box, All styles, and we'll sort them By type. And click on OK and now we see a list, a very long list, of our styles that are available in use in the document and Word's built-in styles. The Apply Style box--if you click on the down arrow here and scroll down--not only shows the character, paragraph, and linked styles, but it also includes the table styles and the list styles.
The table and list styles do not show up underneath of the Styles window. If I go back to Options, you can see that you can even sort by Font. Here is another option, As Recommended. Well, who recommended them? It may have been recommended by Microsoft and come prepackaged as recommended. It may have been your company, or someone else that worked on this document prior--to you or perhaps you're the one that did the recommending. Recommend is based on a numbering system.
For example, number one would hold a higher priority over number two. The Recommend option is located underneath of the Manage Styles option. I'll show you more detail on the Recommend feature in the next movie. Another helpful feature in the Style Option box is the Show next heading when previous level is used option. Go ahead and do a cancel here, and let's open up a new blank document. You can press Ctrl+N on your keyboard. And let's open the Style window. Now go down to Options, and we'll select this Show next heading when previous level is used.
Also make sure that the top option here says In current document and sort as Alphabetical and then click on OK. Now type in "=rand(7)" and then press the Enter key. Notice in your Style window that Heading 1 is the only level that's showing out of nine heading levels. Scroll to the top of your document and apply Heading 1 to the first paragraph.
Now you'll see that Heading 2 is showing. Click in the second paragraph and click on Heading 2. You'll see the Heading 3 is showing. Click on Heading 3 and apply Heading 3, and Heading 4 shows. This will go all the way through nine levels. This will keep your Style gallery and Style window free and clear until you're ready to use all of those other heading styles. Let's go back to our exercise file. Go back to the Options button, change this to In use at the top, and in your second dialog box select Alphabetical, and then click on OK.
Notice that all of our aliases are showing in this dialog box. So for example, underneath of Agree Title you've got ,AT as your alias that's showing here. Underneath of Body Text you have a ,BT, and your alias of course is BT. Now go to Options, and we're going to select Hide built-in name when alternate name exists and click on OK. You can see that now, underneath of your Styles window and in your Apply Style box, that only the alias names are showing.
Let's open up the Options window one more time. And these two buttons at the bottom, you have the option to save this only in this document or if you really like the sort order that you have, you can save it for all new documents that you open from now on that are based on the Normal template. Sorting styles the way that you went to see them makes working with styles faster and easier. The right way is to set these options how you work best.