How to Create Character-Specific Styles in Microsoft Word

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In Brief...

Follow these three steps to create a character-specific style in Microsoft Word.

This feature works the same in all modern versions of Microsoft Word: 2010, 2013, and 2016.


  1. Display the Styles task pane by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Alt+S.
    Styles Task Pane

  2. Select the New Style button.
    New Style Button

  3. Type a name in the Name text box, then from the Style Type drop-down list, select Character. Set options for the new style and click OK.
    Set Options for Style

Author: Dave Dunn

Dave Dunn joined Webucator as Chief Operating Officer in early 2009. He has served as a CFO and COO for numerous small and medium-sized companies, including Summit Software Company, Insight Research Group, Avalon Consulting, and HealthcareOne. He has expertise in business development, financial management, marketing and human resources and particularly enjoys working with rapidly growing companies.

Dave received his Bachelor of Arts from Hamilton College and his MBA from Syracuse University. He has served as Chairman of the Board of the Montessori School of Syracuse since 2001.