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Reveal Formatting in Word – Instructions and Video Lesson

by / Monday, 20 November 2017 / Published in Latest, Microsoft, Office 2013, Office 2016, Office 365, Word 2013, Word 2016

Reveal Formatting in Word: Overview

            When working with styles in Word, you may need to reveal formatting in Word document text. The “Reveal Formatting” pane lets you reveal formatting in Word documents. To open the “Reveal Formatting” pane, first select the text for which you want to see the formatting.

            At that point, open the “Styles” pane and then open the “Style Inspector” pane. To open the “Styles” pane, click the “Home” tab in the Ribbon. Then click the “Styles” task pane launcher button in the “Styles” button group. At the bottom of the “Styles” pane, click the “Style Inspector” button.

            In the “Style Inspector” pane, click the “Reveal Formatting” button to open the “Reveal Formatting” pane. Alternatively, select the text and press the “Shift” + “F1” keys on your keyboard to open the “Reveal Formatting” pane.

            In the “Reveal Formatting” pane, the “Selected text” appears at the top of the pane in a text box. The “Formatting of selected text” appears in a box in the center of the pane. To compare the formatting of the selected text with another selection, check the “Compare to another selection” checkbox. Another text field then opens and you can select the text to compare. The newly selected text appears in the second text field. The “Formatting differences” are listed in the large box in the center of the pane.

Reveal Formatting in Word - Instructions and Video Lesson: A picture of a user comparing text formatting differences within the “Reveal Formatting” pane in Word.

Reveal Formatting in Word – Instructions and Video Lesson: A picture of a user comparing text formatting differences within the “Reveal Formatting” pane in Word.

            To view the style source of the selected text, check the “Distinguish style source” checkbox in the “Options” section. To hide or show all formatting marks, check or uncheck the “Show all formatting marks” checkbox. You can close the “Reveal Formatting” pane by clicking the “X” in the upper-right corner of the pane.

Reveal Formatting in Word: Instructions

  1. To open the “Reveal Formatting” pane and see the formatting applied to selected text, select the text and then click the “Styles” launcher button in the “Styles” button group on the “Home” tab of the Ribbon.
  2. Click the “Style Inspector” button at the bottom of the “Styles” pane and then click the “Reveal Formatting” button in the “Style Inspector” dialog box to open the “Reveal Formatting” pane.
  3. Alternatively, select the text to inspect and then press the “Shift” + “F1” keys on your keyboard.
  4. The text you selected appears in the “Selected text” section at the top of the pane.
  5. The formatting applied to the text appears in the “Formatting of selected text” section in the center of the pane.
  6. To compare the formatting of the selected text with another selection in your document, check the “Compare to another selection” checkbox.
  7. Select the text in your document to compare with your first selection to show it in the new text field that then opens in the “Reveal Formatting” pane.
  8. The “Formatting differences” appear in the large box in the center of the pane.
  9. To view the style source of the selected text, check the “Distinguish style source” checkbox in the “Options” section.
  10. To hide or show all formatting marks, check or uncheck the “Show all formatting marks” checkbox.
  11. If you want to close the “Reveal Formatting” pane, click the “X” in the upper-right corner of the pane.

Reveal Formatting in Word: Video Lesson

            The following video lesson, titled “Using the Reveal Formatting Pane,” shows how to reveal formatting in Word documents. This lesson is from our complete Word tutorial, titled “Mastering Word Made Easy v.2016-2013.”

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