"Word 2007 Styles: How and Why to Apply Styles in Your Document?"

First of all, you may not know: What is Style or Word 2007 Styles feature?

A style is a set of formatting instructions. In another term, it is a way to give a name to a group of formatting attributes such as font formatting (color, size, etc), paragraph formatting (alignment, spacing, etc).

Microsoft Word 2007 allows you to create your own Word styles and also come with a number of built-in styles. Among the most important built-in styles are the standard heading styles: Heading 1, Heading 2, Heading 3, etc.

For example, you might use Title Heading for chapter titles, Heading 1 for section headings, Heading 2 for the sub-headings, etc.

Once you have defined a style, you can quickly and easily format text simply by applying the style without the need to apply text formatting individually. Styles can save a lot of time and help insure consistency in your documents.

With the headings styles, Word can automatically create a table of contents (TOC), and you also can use headings to define cross-references. Here we show you how to use styles to create a TOC later.

These styles are on the Home tab, in the Styles group.

Word 2007 styles group

To apply the Style

  • Place the cursor in the chapter title or heading in your document.
  • In the Styles group, click on a suitable heading such as Title for the highest level, Heading 1 for the next level, etc.
  • To see more styles, click the More icon in the Styles group and you can choose any intended style.
  • Word 2007 styles options

Note: For each chapter title and heading, you need to apply the style.

The heading styles and the TOC work together as Word designate Heading 1 titles to the highest level in the TOC; Heading 2 corresponds to the next highest level; and Heading 3 is the following level.

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