Applying and Modifying Styles

Applying styles in Word is useful when you want Word documents to have a more professional look. Modifying Word styles is also possible.

To modify a style:

  1. Locate and right-click the style you want to change in the Styles group, then select Modify from the drop-down menu.
    selecting Modify to adjust the Title style
  2. A dialog box will appear. Make the desired formatting changes, such as font style, size, and color. If you want, you can also change the name of the style. Click OK to save your changes.
    modifying the Title style
  3. The style will be modified.
    the modified title style

When you modify a style, you're changing every instance of that style in the document. In the example below, we've modified the Normal style to use a larger font size. Because both paragraphs use the Normal style, they've been updated automatically to use the new size.

modifying the normal style

To create a new style:

  1. Click the arrow in the bottom-right corner of the Styles group.
    clicking the arrow in the bottom-right corner of the Styles group
  2. The Styles task pane will appear. Select the New Style button at the bottom of the task pane.
    clicking the New Style button
  3. A dialog box will appear. Enter a name for the style, choose the desired text formatting, then click OK.
    creating the new style
  4. The new style will be applied to the currently selected text. It will also appear in the Styles group.
    the new style applied to the document

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.