Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Word 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Word, click here: Retaining Explicit Formatting after Applying Styles.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated September 5, 2015)
I often get documents that have a hodgepodge of styles, and I need to format them in addition to editing them. When I click in a paragraph and apply a paragraph style, Word is not supposed to wipe out any explicit character formatting in the paragraph, such as italics. Sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn't; this probably has something to do with the way the documents were put together, and over which I have no control.
This led me to search for a way to preserve any italics within the paragraphs. I came up with the following general steps:
Figure 1. The Find tab of the Find and Replace dialog box.
At this point you can click the Italics button on the Formatting toolbar until all the selected text is shown in italics. You can then click the Highlight tool, again, which removes all the highlighting.
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