I love working with Styles, and I especially appreciate the ability to easily modify them.
The quickest way to modify your styles in a single document is to right click on Normal (or other Styles options, such as Heading 1) in Styles and choose Modify.
The Format button at the left bottom corner of the dialog box provides more advanced options for modification. For example, if you don’t want a heading to be in all caps, click on the Format button > Font > Uncheck all caps in the Effects area.
You can create your own personal Styles, but use caution!
If you have a certain look you want to achieve for multiple documents that’s different from the built-in Style Sets, Theme Colors & Fonts, and Paragraph Spacing, it’s possible. However, be careful that you don’t choose colors with too little contrast and/or fonts that are less readable. Feel free to enlarge the font size of headings and other text elements! Word offers a good variety of built-in colors and fonts. Explore what’s available, and you’ll probably find those you like! Use common sense even with the built-in options – if you’re having a tough time seeing/reading your document, others will have difficulty, too!
To create a new Style: Go to Home > Styles > Create a Style:
Templates – a few notes
Once you’ve chosen your Theme, Styles and an accessible page layout that you would like to use again, it may be a good idea to create a template. Your office may want to use a template to keep certain documents uniform, too.
Templates can be saved with text and images or with no text. Once you have all of your settings the way you want them, you’ll want to save the template.
Go to File > Save As > Save as type > Choose Word Template.
Be sure you save the template in a location where you can find it again.