Create an automatic paragraph style


J

Jeff

Using Word 2007.
I like to format my paragraphs with the first line indented by 0.13. I
know how to do this through Format/paragraph but now I have to do that
everytime I start a new document.

Is there a way to make this a default "style" I can have automatically
for any new document?

Thank you, Jeff
 
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Terry Farrell

Presumably you don't use styles and everything you type is in normal style.
Modify Normal Style to include the indent but make sure to check the option
for all document based on this template. When you close Word, you will be
prompted to save changes to the global template.
 
J

Jeff

Presumably you don't use styles and everything you type is in normal
style. Modify Normal Style to include the indent but make sure to check
the option for all document based on this template. When you close Word,
you will be prompted to save changes to the global template.
Thank you.
 
S

Suzanne S. Barnhill

I would advise against modifying Normal style because most other styles are
based on it and will be affected (see
http://www.shaunakelly.com/word/styles/HowStylesCascade.html). Instead, find
and use the built-in Body Text First Indent style, which has a default
first-line indent of 0.15". This can be modified to 0.13". The built-in
style also has 6 points Spacing After, but this can be removed if desired.
See also http://word.mvps.org/FAQs/Formatting/NormalVsBodyStyles.htm.

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
http://word.mvps.org
 
J

Jeff

I would advise against modifying Normal style because most other styles
are based on it and will be affected (see
http://www.shaunakelly.com/word/styles/HowStylesCascade.html). Instead,
find and use the built-in Body Text First Indent style, which has a
default first-line indent of 0.15". This can be modified to 0.13". The
built-in style also has 6 points Spacing After, but this can be removed
if desired. See also
http://word.mvps.org/FAQs/Formatting/NormalVsBodyStyles.htm.
Thank you. I created it as a new style, and - because I am not yet
comfortable uising styles - I created a macro which creates that indent
on paragraphs I select. I then put the macro shortcut on the Word
toolbar for easy access. Seems simplest way for me.

I will also study your styles link.

Thank you Suzanne. You are great - as usual.

Jeff
 
S

Suzanne S. Barnhill

You are definitely reinventing the wheel! When you create a style, you can
wrap quite a lot of formatting into it and then apply it with one stroke,
either by selecting the style from the Style dropdown or Styles & Formatting
task pane, or by using a keyboard shortcut you've assigned to the style
(some styles have built-in shortcuts) or a toolbar button you've assigned to
the style (note in the Customize dialog that there is a category for styles,
and you can add any one of them to a toolbar).

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
http://word.mvps.org
 
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J

Jeff

You are definitely reinventing the wheel! When you create a style, you
can wrap quite a lot of formatting into it and then apply it with one
stroke, either by selecting the style from the Style dropdown or Styles
& Formatting task pane, or by using a keyboard shortcut you've assigned
to the style (some styles have built-in shortcuts) or a toolbar button
you've assigned to the style (note in the Customize dialog that there is
a category for styles, and you can add any one of them to a toolbar).
You are definitely wonderful. Don't know what we would do without you.

Jeff
 
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Suzanne S. Barnhill

Well, I'll take all of that I can get, but it would make me happier if you
would go and sin no more. <g>

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
http://word.mvps.org
 

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