I want to share with you 4 power user tricks to use while formatting Word documents. Styles make documents look orderly and save you a lot of time. If you are not using Styles for long documents, then you are probably fighting with Word. Styles can also make the document save faster when working with large amounts of copy and images.
1. Turn on the Apply Styles pane by clicking Control + Shift + S.
This will confirm the style you have selected and allows for applying a new style quickly.
2. View your styles using the draft view.
The default draft view does not show styles in the left side bar. To apply this you need to go to Word Options. (File–Options) Then click the Advanced option and scroll down about half way and make 1 inch or so of space next to the “Style area pane width in Draft and Outline Views. 1 inch or .5 inches is probably good enough.
3. Create a shortcut key to apply your style.
Right click the style and select modify style from either the Styles gallery or Style pane. After you see the Modify Style dialog box, click Format then click Shortcut key.
After the shortcut key is entered it will let you know if it conflicts with an existing default shortcut key. Click “Assign” to confirm.
4. Use the navigation pane to easily reflow content.
Turn on the navigation pane from the view tab check box. You can view all the heading styles and drag a heading up or down. All of the subheadings and body text will follow the leader heading style.
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