You might wish to format your manuscript for several reasons:
What are styles?
They can help you specify the parameters of your text, including:
Why use Styles?
As mentioned above, styles can help you quickly and easily design a consistent and work friendly document. They also:
For example: if, when you’ve finished your manuscript as well as possible and are ready to send it to an editor, you might decide to change the fonts and the title sizes to make it easier to read.
If you’ve used manual formatting, you will need to go through the entire document and change settings one at a time. If you’ve used styles, you can modify the style parameters using a few clicks and, in turn, they will modify the entire document consistently for you.
This will make it clear to your editor, and then your typesetter, what component each bit of text belongs to.
Where do you find Styles?
On most versions of Word, the Styles pane is located in the Home tab of your ribbon. It looks like this:
You can choose to use this pane from the ribbon, or you can left click on the arrow in the bottom right corner (circled in the image above) to open up a movable window.
How do you create a Style?
There are two main ways to create a Style in Word. They are:
Updating an existing Style
To update an exiting style, follow the steps below:
Creating a new Style
To create a new style, follow the steps below:
How do you apply a Style you've created?
You’ll probably want to apply Styles after you’ve set them. That’s really easy, too!
How do you change a Style?
Want to change how your manuscript looks? Make it quick and easy by changing the parameters of your Styles.
Now that you know how to use Styles to format your manuscript, you’ll have more time to focus on writing!
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Emily is a fiction editor passionate about helping indie authors reach their goals. She believes that educating while editing is valuable and important.