Use the Style Inspector

With all the different kinds of formatting that Word offers, you may sometimes find it hard to see exactly what formatting is applied to particular characters or a paragraph.
Word provides two tools to help you find out: the Style Inspector and the Reveal Formatting pane.

The Style Inspector is a pane that shows you the paragraph formatting separated from the text formatting. To open the Style Inspector, do the following:

    1.    On the Home tab, in the Styles group, click the Styles Dialog Box Launcher:

Styles in Word 2007

    2.    In the Styles pane, click the Style Inspector button:

Styles pane Word 2007

In the Style Inspector you can click next buttons:

Style Inspector Word 2007
  • Reset to Normal Paragraph Style - Click this button to replace the paragraph's current style with the Normal style. (If the paragraph already uses Normal style, clicking this button has no effect.)
  • Clear Paragraph Formatting - Click this button to remove any direct formatting that has been applied to the paragraph (to restore the paragraph to the formatting contained in its style). For example, if someone has changed the line spacing or tabs directly (rather than in the style), clicking this button restores them to the style's settings.
  • Clear Character Style - Click this button to restore the Default Paragraph Font for the style. Removing any (or all) character styles like this is often useful.
  • Clear Character Formatting - Click this button to remove any direct formatting applied on top of the character style. This has the effect of reapplying the character style. If the characters use Default Paragraph Font rather than another character style, clicking this button restores the font formatting in the paragraph style.
  • Clear All - Click this button to remove all the formatting and reapply the Normal style.

Click the New Style button New Style Word 2007 to open the larger Create New Style From Formatting dialog box. Click the Reveal Formatting button Reveal Formatting Word 2007 to open the Reveal Formatting pane (see the Review the text formatting quickly using the Reveal Formatting task pane).

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