Why are templates used

Office Word: Use styles


Style templates in Word are a helpful means of quickly applying uniform formatting to your document. In addition to the templates that are already available, you can also create your own formatting, for example to design your headings differently. In the following sections you will learn how you can use the format templates in Word and also format them yourself.

Use styles

The templates already integrated in Word can be found in the "begin"Tab on the left. To use them in your document, select the text you want to format and then select the appropriate style:

Depending on which format template you specify, elements such as headings are also displayed accordingly in your Word table of contents. An example: The heading that you use as "Heading 2"have declared" will appear in your table of contents as a subchapter of "Heading 1". Here we will show you how to create an automatic table of contents in Word.

Change existing styles

If you want to change the templates built into Word, you have two options: If your document already has formatting, you can change it directly in the document. In this way, the one-time change is applied to all elements with the same formatting. If you have not yet written any text, the other option is to make the change manually. You can find out which steps are necessary for the individual options in the following sections:

Change formatting directly in the document

You can adapt all text parts of the same format template in just two steps:

Changes in the template catalog


Word saves the format templates in what is known as Style catalog. There you can also adapt existing templates according to your wishes:

Quick access to the styles catalog

So that you are independent of the "begin"Tab can access the styles catalog, simply link it in the toolbar at the top left Right click on any style and then select "Add a catalog to the Quick Access Toolbar":

A "A." with a Paintbrush icon. This button gives you direct access to all format templates: