Using Microsoft Word’s Styles panel To Change Writing Style Settings

A style is an ordered set of formatting properties that specify the look of an individual component in a document. In essence, styles are nothing more than shortcuts for applying different formatting properties to document components. Without styles, you could work without using them and with just text, letters or occasionally long documents you’ll probably still be doing the ol’ fashioned smart thing. But, styles let you specify formatting specifications on individual component cells, which are then inherited by the rest of the document.


When you view the “Look” drop down menu under the” Styles” section of the main pane in Microsoft Word, you’ll notice that there are three different categories of Styles. To the right of each category is an item such as “heading”, “arial text”, “arial background”, and “arial border”. There are also several other small items here, which are used to customize how text is displayed. These options and others are the built-in styles that Microsoft has available, but you can also create your own custom styles.

A persuasive style is one way to specify formatting properties to get the desired effect. The most common persuasive fonts are Times New Roman, Arial, and Palatino, although you can find lots of other styles in Microsoft Word. The persuasive fonts are quite readable but not so much so that they will be mistaken as part of regular writing style.

A descriptive style refers to a style that describes the visual presentation of a piece of writing, like the way it looks. Descriptive styles provide a framework for aesthetics and, when combined with other formatting options, can be used to get some aesthetically satisfying results. For example, a graphic design like a photograph or a drawing is in a descriptive style. The size, shape, and color of the image are left up to the designer in a descriptive style. When you combine this with the other formatting options in Microsoft Word, you get a very aesthetically satisfying result.

This type of style is most commonly used for inline images and other kinds of web content. You can add formatting to an image using this style by inserting the required HTML code into the attributes reference area. Inline images work very quickly using this method because you can use many styles at once. One style allows you to set the size and color of the image while another style allows you to use other formatting options.

To switch between using styles, open a document in Microsoft Word and then click the Edit Tab. Look for the button named Style. Click it and choose the preferred style from the list of available styles. Changes to any other fields or values in the document will be visible in the panel.