"Cleaning" a Word style?

Subject: "Cleaning" a Word style?
From: "Hart, Geoff" <Geoff-H -at- MTL -dot- FERIC -dot- CA>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 16 Aug 2002 08:44:14 -0400

Keith Cronin, fontaholic, wonders: <<Is there a simple way to completely
clear all the attributes of a Word style? I do a lot of reformatting of docs
other people wrote, and often find styles with a dozen or so attributes,
some of which I find it darn near
impossible to cancel out.>>

Piece'o'cake. Simply select the entire paragraph, including the paragraph
marker at the end, and press Control-Spacebar. (Command-Shift-Z on the Mac,
of course.) That removes all formatting that has been applied over the top
of a paragraph style, including vanilla stuff such as bold and italics, and
more complex stuff such as character styles.

If you mean that you want to edit the style definition itself, the easiest
way is to simply apply a new template in which the problem style has been
defined to your satisfaction. Open the Format menu, select Style Gallery,
then choose the new template. After applying the style, most of the existing
paragraphs will automatically update to reflect the new template; ones in
which the style has been overridden generally won't, and you'll have to try
the "remove formatting" trick I explained in the previous paragraph.

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