Redefine Word's built-in styles

The default formatting that defines Word's built-in styles—particularly the heading styles—is considered by most users to be unsatisfactory. Luckily, you can redefine the formatting to match your preferences.

You should redefine Word's built-in styles, particularly the heading styles, to match your preferences for formatting.

Follow these steps to redefine a built-in style:

  1. Apply the built-in style to text.
  2. Modify the formatting of the text to your preferences.
  3. Select the correctly-formatted text.
  4. Update the built-in style to match the selected text.
  5. Apply the built-in style to the text.
  6. Add the style to the template.
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