IN THIS CHAPTER
Using styles for organization and leverage
Using outlining for organizational control
Using AutoCorrect to save time
Top 10 power user tips
Leverage is power. This chapter provides a quick introduction to Word's power features, including styles and outlining. These are features that users should know when they first start a new document, but usually don't discover until it's too late to realize their maximum benefit. This chapter provides an overview of these features, which are covered in greater detail in subsequent chapters.
So, what is a style, anyway? A style is a collection of formatting attributes that you can apply to text in a document. A style can contain information about the typeface (including whether it's regular, italic, bold or bold italic), point size, text color, shading, borders, effects (such as strikethrough, superscript, subscript, etc.), underlining, and even language. A style also can contain additional information about spacing, indentation, line and page break behavior, numbering, and bullets.
What are styles good for? If you routinely encounter situations that require applying multiple formatting attributes to certain kinds of text (e.g., headings, book titles, lists, etc.), using styles can save you time by applying all of those attributes in one fell swoop. Using styles can also improve formatting consistency, making your documents look more professional.
Suppose, for example, that in the ...