painter is useful for occasionally formatting text but if you have certain
styles of text that you use regularly it is a good idea to create a style.
To create a style, click on the Format drop-down menu and choose Style
window appears as below containing a list of the Styles already
Click on the New
button and you will be able to create a new style.
To make construction
of your style easier you can base it on an existing style and then fine-tune the
settings using the Format button. Each
option under the Format button shown above brings up a window
like the ones you would normally see when formatting fonts, borders, etc so you
can set the formats for your font. If
you choose the style to be a Character style rather than a Paragraph
one then the only format options available will be Font, Border
When you have chosen
the settings for your style, click OK and you will be returned to your
Styles window, don’t forget to give your new style a meaningful name before
you do this. Your new style will
now appear in the list on the left-hand side of the window.
When you create a
style it is only stored in the document you are working on.
If you want the style to be available in other documents you must add it
to the Normal.dot template that Word uses as the basis for new documents.
To do this, click on the Organizer button in the Style window and
a window will appear as shown below,
listing the styles in the current document on the left and the styles in
the Normal.dot template on the right. Highlight
a style in one list and use the Copy button to copy it over to the other
list. If you want to delete a style
completely you can use the Delete button.
If a style in one of the lists has the same name as a newer style you are
copying you can use the Rename button to give one of the styles a new
name before the other one is copied.