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The Style Inspector Pane in Word – Instructions

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The Style Inspector Pane in Word - Instructions: A picture of the Style Inspector pane in Word.

The Style Inspector Pane in Word: Overview

            The Style Inspector pane in Word lets you see which style formatting is applied to a specific character or paragraph. To use the Style Inspector pane in Word to see the formatting applied to text, first select the text to inspect. Then click the “Home” tab in the Ribbon. Then click the “Styles” task pane launcher button in the “Styles” button group to launch the “Styles” task pane.

            At the bottom of the “Styles” pane, click the “Style Inspector” button to launch the Style Inspector pane. This pane appears floating over your document. Like all panes in Word, you can dock it to the left or right side of the screen. You can also adjust its size and position, as needed.

            The Style Inspector Pane in Word shows the formatting applied to the selected paragraph in the “Paragraph formatting” section. It also shows the formatting applied at the text level in the “Text level formatting” section. You can “Reset to Normal Paragraph Style” by clicking the labelled button to the right of the formatting description in the “Paragraph formatting” section. To “Clear Paragraph Formatting,” click the labeled button in the “Paragraph formatting” section. The “Clear Character Style” and “Clear Character Formatting” buttons in the “Text level formatting” section let you clear the style and formatting from the selected text characters.

The Style Inspector Pane in Word - Instructions: A picture of the Style Inspector pane in Word.

The Style Inspector Pane in Word – Instructions: A picture of the Style Inspector pane in Word.

            To work with the styles in the Style Inspector Pane in Word, click the drop-down that lists the style name. Then choose from one of the many options. If you want to remove all styles and formatting from selected text, then click the “Clear All” button at the bottom of the Style Inspector Pane in Word. To create a new style, click the “New Style” button to launch the “Create New Style from Formatting” dialog box. If you want to open the “Reveal Formatting” pane , then click the “Reveal Formatting” button. To close the Style Inspector Pane in Word, click the “X” in the upper-right corner of the pane.

The Style Inspector Pane in Word: Instructions

  1. To view the formatting applied to selected text, select the text to inspect.
  2. Then click the “Styles” task pane launcher button in the “Styles” button group of the “Home” tab of the Ribbon.
  3. Click the “Style Inspector” button at the bottom of the task pane to launch the Style Inspector pane in Word.
  4. The formatting applied to the selected text, at the paragraph level, appears in the “Paragraph formatting” section.
  5. The formatting applied to the selected text, at the text level, appears in the “Text level formatting” section.
  6. If you want to reset the paragraph formatting to the default “Normal” style, then click the “Reset to Normal Paragraph Style” button in the “Paragraph formatting” section.
  7. To clear the paragraph formatting, click the “Clear Paragraph Formatting” button in the “Paragraph formatting” section.
  8. To clear the character style from selected text, click the “Clear Character Style” button in the “Text level formatting” section.
  9. If you want to clear the character formatting from selected text, then click the “Clear Character Formatting” button in the “Text level formatting” section.
  10. To remove all the styles and formatting from the selected text, click the “Clear All” button in the Style Inspector pane.
  11. To create a new style, click the “New Style” button to launch the “Create New Style from Formatting” dialog box.
  12. If you want to open the “Reveal Formatting” pane, then click the “Reveal Formatting” button.
  13. To close the Style Inspector pane in Word, click the “X” in the upper-right corner of the task pane.

The Style Inspector Pane in Word: Video Lesson

            The following video lesson, titled “Using the Style Inspector Pane,” shows how to use the Style Inspector pane in Word. This video lesson is from our complete Word tutorial, titled “Mastering Word Made Easy v.2016-2013.”

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