Trying to get my head around Styles & Headings in MS Word
Posted on 2011-09-03
A couple of questions but first, a confession:
I have been confused by Styles & Headings in MS Word for as long as I can remember. It seems like every time I have tried to utilize them, I have ended up with the wrong formatting in the wrong place, not being able to get fonts & indents & tabs when I want them (and having them show up when I don't), and basically lots of other frustrations. The problem has persisted to the point where even opening the first Styles box, with all its terms, etc., is daunting -- not to mention some of the options boxes which are downright toxiferous! (Sorry, but had to hit the thesaurus for a good word there. Toxifrous: conveying or producing a poison.) :)
Now, having said all that, there is nothing I would like more than to change that whole sense and gain enough understanding to use them at least to a degree. I see them mentioned all the time in different forums so I know they must be a valuable tool.
Now the questions:
• If you use Styles & Headings frequently and feel very comfortable with your understanding of them, can you (very briefly) tell me the top one or two best uses or advantages?
• Is it correct to say that by using Styles & Headings, various noncontinuous parts of a document can be modified in terms of font and paragraph formatting (including tab settings), without affecting the intermediate parts?
• Can someone recommend a resource or two that really does a good job of explaining the basics of Styles & Headings?
Thanks a bunch!