Using Word's built-in styles

Word has a number of built-in and default styles, many of which are used by features to automate otherwise difficult tasks. Among the most important of Word's built-in and default styles are:

  • Normal. The default paragraph style for a document. The font defined in this style is the Normal font--the default font for the document. You should make sure that the Normal style has the desired font configured, so that the default font for the document is correct. Generally, users make very few other changes to the Normal style. Think of it as your "basic line" format.
  • Body Text. This style is used by Word users to define the way that paragraphs in a document should look. Often, Body Text paragraphs will have a first line indent, or space before or after the paragraph--something slightly different than the Normal style. Once you have defined this style, you use it for your main paragraphs, rather than using the Normal style.
  • Title. The title style.
  • Heading 1-9. These styles create the hierarchy of your document. They are used by a number of features, including Word's Outline view, the Document Map, and for creating Tables of Contents.
Wherever possible, you should redefine Word's existing styles, rather than create redundant custom styles.
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