Word autocreates styles no matter what

Subject: Word autocreates styles no matter what
From: Nancy Allison <maker -at- verizon -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 01 May 2008 13:16:13 -0500 (CDT)

I've found a solution to my problem, but I don't understand the problem and wonder if I'm missing something.

You know how Word creates new styles if you use the formatting toolbar items within a style. So, if you select a word and click B in the toolbar to bold it, in your Para style, Word creates

Para Bold

and sticks it in the Styles and Formatting pane.

According to Word help and every online site I found, if you deselect "Define styles based on your formatting", (Tools/Autoformat As You Type tab), this behavior goes away.

It doesn't. Selected, deselected, Word keeps adding new styles. Why? Am I missing something?

In case you're wondering, the solution -- regardless of whether that option is selected -- is to create character styles and format exclusively with them.

Have you encountered this situation?
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