Applying Styles and Themes

Modifying Word styles is useful when you want to have a more professional look. In Word themes include a set of colors, fonts, and effects.


Styles and Themes Styles and themes are powerful tools in Word that can help you create professional-looking documents easily. A style is a predefined combination of font style, color, and size of text that can be applied to selected text. A theme is a set of formatting choices that can be applied to an entire document and includes theme colors, fonts, and effects.

In this lesson, you will learn how to apply, modify, and create a style; use style sets; apply a document theme; and create a custom theme.

Using styles and themes

To select a style:

Styles Menu

You can also use styles to create a table of contents for your document. To learn how, review our article on How to Create a Table of Contents in Microsoft Word.

To modify a style:

Modify Style
Change Style Formatting

To create a new style:

Arrow to Open Menu
New Styles Button
Styles Dialog Box

To apply a style set:

Style Sets

Style sets include a combination of title, heading, and paragraph styles. Style sets allow you to format all of the elements of your document at once, rather than formatting your title and headings separately.

For quick changes, you can modify the colors and fonts of a style set from the Change Styles command; however, the themes feature is more comprehensive and easier to use.

To apply a theme:


A document theme is a set of formatting choices that includes font styles, sizes, and colors for different parts of the document, as well as a set of theme effects such as lines and fill effects.

To create a custom theme:

Create New Theme Colors
Change Colors
Theme Fonts
Change Fonts
Save Theme

You cannot apply a theme to a document without applying styles first. Themes look for and replace the formats of each of the styles.


Use the report or any Word document you choose to complete this challenge.