• Status: Solved
  • Priority: Medium
  • Security: Public
  • Views: 341
  • Last Modified:

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?


2 Solutions
Sigurdur ArmannssonDesignerCommented:
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.
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...
Steve_BradyAuthor Commented:
Question has a verified solution.

Are you are experiencing a similar issue? Get a personalized answer when you ask a related question.

Have a better answer? Share it in a comment.

Join & Write a Comment

Featured Post

Free Tool: Port Scanner

Check which ports are open to the outside world. Helps make sure that your firewall rules are working as intended.

One of a set of tools we are providing to everyone as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

Tackle projects and never again get stuck behind a technical roadblock.
Join Now