Modifying the style in one paragraph affects the style in another paragraph in Word

This question is a follow-up to another thread which can be found here:


The following screenshot (Fig. 1) shows a Word (2013) document which was formatted into three columns by an expert in the previous thread.
Now, I am trying to determine how/why defining a style for one paragraph affects the style in an adjacent paragraph. The issue is illustrated in the following sequence of screenshots:

Fig. 2 shows the tab settings for the first paragraph:
The tab settings for the second paragraph are shown in Fig. 3:
Figs. 4 & 5 show the Heading 1 style being modified to match the formatting in the first paragraph:
Figs. 6 & 7 show the Normal style being modified to match the formatting in second paragraph:
but notice in Fig. 7 that changing or modifying the style for the second paragraph caused a spacing change in the first paragraph. Fig. 8 shows that the tab settings in the first paragraph have indeed been altered even though it still is assigned to the Heading 1 style.Fig. 8Why would changing the style in one paragraph affect the style in an adjacent paragraph?


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Sigurdur ArmannssonDesigner Commented:
If you click the Heading 1 style> Modify you see that the style is based on Normal. Change it to No style and you should not have any more trouble.
Also change Following style to No style.

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Paul SauvéRetiredCommented:
sigurarm is correct, if the the Heading 1 style is based on Normal, when you subsequently modify the Normal style, the Header 1 style is modified in the same way. If you base the Header 1 style on No Style, then changes to Normal style will NOT affect the Header 1 style!

IMHO, it is easier to create a new style rather than modifying Heading 1.

If this is the result you want, I can give you a brief description on how accomplished this...
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