5: Editing existing styles

One of the most powerful advantages of using styles is that you can change the look of text throughout your document by only changing the style definition in one place.

Suppose that we wanted to get rid of the Times New Roman font in our document and use Georgia for the body text instead. And suppose that we wanted to change the size of the body text as well, from 12 to 11 points.

To do this, click on arrow to the right of the "Normal" style in the style pane, and select "Modify Style...":

Closeup of the pull-down menu when right-clicking on the "Normal" style. "Modify..." is being selected.

The "Modify Style" window will then open. Update the font to Georgia and the size to 11 points:

The "Modify Style" window.

After clicking the OK button, you should notice that styles throughout the document have updated to the Georgia font, including our new "Bibliography Entry" style. This is because all of these styles were based on the "Normal" style, so they inherit their typeface and other select attributes from "Normal." The headings, however, didn't change, since their style overrides the "Normal" font.

You can edit almost any existing style that appears in the style pane. For instance, try changing the fonts for "Heading 1," "Heading 2," and "Heading 3" to Cambria. In addition, try clicking on the "Format" button in the "Modify Style" window to explore more advanced formatting options, such as tabs, line spacing, etc.

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