Tame your computer - set the style


In her regular series for Cambridge Network members, software training expert Karen Roem offers handy tips to help you 'Tame your computer'. This week she describes how to apply and modify heading styles to titles and subtitles (Microsoft Word)...

Styles are used to quickly format chunks of text, such as titles and subtitles. When a particular style is applied to text, that text is automatically formatted according to the style definition, saving you the time it would take to manually apply the same formatting. 

I always recommend using Word’s built-in styles so that you can take advantage of the fabulous options in the navigation pane (see tip 415) and quickly create a Table of Contents.

OK, it’s very likely that Microsoft’s choice of formatting is not what you want, but you can easily apply and modify them.

Here’s how:

1.       Click anywhere in the title or subtitle.

2.       Select a style from the Styles group on the Home tab. (Or press CTRL+ALT+1 for Heading 1, CTRL+ALT+2 for Heading 2 and CTRL+ALT+3 for Heading 3.)

3.       If you want to reformat any of the styles, right-click it in the Styles group on the Home tab and select Modify.

4.       Make your required changes and click OK.

OK, there are a lot more things you might want to know about Styles (I used to offer a separate half day course on the topic) but I take great pride in keeping it simple and explaining things in a language we can all understand and appreciate.

PS I'm committed to sharing the best of what I know with others so please don't keep these tips a secret. If you enjoyed today's tip, please forward it to anyone you feel may benefit or reprint it  (with full copyright and subscription information) in your newsletters and message boards. Got a tip to share? Submit it by emailing karen@roem.co.uk - if your tip is selected, I'll publish it along with your name; the bragging rights will last a lifetime.

16 June 2014

Karen Roem offers software training and support through her company Roem Ltd.  Contact her by email (Karen@roem.co.uk) or visit her website at http://www.roem.co.uk

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Karen Roem
Microsoft Office-ionado

Roem Ltd – software training and support