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Modify styles in existing Word documents

It's easy to automatically change the format of any style already applied to a Microsoft Word document. Learn how to change styles in Word 2000 or Word 2002 in a couple of simple steps.

You can use Microsoft Word's Modify Style dialog box to automatically change the format of any style already applied to a document. For example, suppose you've applied the Heading 1 style to a document and decide that you want to change the font size from 16 to 14.

To access the Modify Style dialog box in Word 2000, go to Format | Style, select the Heading 1 style from the Style list, and click Modify to open the Modify Style dialog box. Make your changes, and click OK. Word applies the change to all text formatted as Heading 1 in the active document.

To change styles in Word 2002, go to Format | Styles And Formatting. Right-click the Heading 1 style in the task pane, and click Modify. Make your changes, and click OK.

These methods automatically apply the changes to every occurrence of the style in the active document. To make the change available to other documents, select the Add To Template check box in the Modify Style dialog box. This applies the change to any new documents based on that template.

To apply the change to an existing document based on the template, open the document, and go to Tools | Templates And Add-Ins. Select the Automatically Update Document Styles check box, and click OK.

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