How to Resolve Style Conflicts in Microsoft Word

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In Brief...

Learn how to resolve style conflicts between documents in Microsoft Word.

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


When working with multiple documents with different styles, you may copy and paste styles from one document into another in which the styles are in conflict. If this happens, Word will display a Paste Options button you can use to select how you want the document formatted.

You can control how Word handles copying and pasting styles using the Word Options dialog box (select File > Options). The options are available by selecting the Advanced section, under Cut, copy, and paste.
Word Options Dialog Box

In Microsoft Word 2007 and 2010, the Styles options appear on the Home tab, in the Styles group. You must click the Change Styles command to access them.
Styles Group

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.