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: Defining Styles.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated March 15, 2014)
Styles are key to the underlying power of Word. They allow you to consistently define how your text should look throughout a document or a series of documents. There are a number of ways in which you can define styles, but the way you use will depend most heavily on the version of Word you are using. To define a style using Word 97 and Word 2000, simply follow these steps:
Both Word 2002 and Word 2003 use a task pane in their user interface, which means that there are some differences in how you define styles:
Figure 1. The New Style dialog box.
Once the style is defined (or an existing style modified), you can use your style anywhere you like within your document.
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