How to Customize Style Settings in Microsoft Word

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In Brief...

You can customize settings for existing styles in Microsoft Word in just a few steps.

This feature works the same in Microsoft Word 2013 and 2016.


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

  2. Place the cursor over the style you want to customize and click the drop-down arrow. Select Modify.
    Select Modify

  3. Use the Modify Style dialog box to change the style and then press OK.
    Modify Style Dialog Box

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.