Word provides built-in styles for different levels of headings and subheadings (Heading 1, Heading 2, etc.). The styles define the font family, size, color, and more. Although you can create your own styles and headlines, or customize the formatting of the headlines, you can also change the default styles if you want.
How to Customize a Heading Style
Word's Home tab provides some built-in styles in the Styles group, including styles for Heading 1
However, Word also includes a number of other heading levels – nine in all. To display them, click the small arrow in the lower right corner of the Styles group.
By default, only recommended styles appear in the Styles panel. This is the same group Word displays on the Ribbon. To change this, click on the "Options" button.
In the Styling Options window that appears, open the "Select Styles to Detect" drop-down list and change it from "Recommended" to "". All styles "and then click" OK ".
The styles window now displays all nine heading levels.
Right-click one of the layers and choose Modify to customize the style.
Whether you started to change a style using the Ribbon or the Styles window, the Style Change window opens, and the rest of the process is the same.
In the Properties section, you can do this Rename the style, choose the style type (available only for specific headings), change the edited style to a different style, and even change the style for the paragraph that follows the headline. We call our headline "Custom Style" and leave the rest alone, as the default heading options are already pretty good.
For the "Formatting" section, we will divide the subdivision into four pieces.
- This section allows you to change the font, size, and color. You can also make your text bold, italic or underlined. Use the drop-down menu on the right to select the script type (for example, Latin or Asian).
- This section allows you to set the orientation and indent settings.
- This section displays a live preview of the changes.
- This section contains a written description of your heading style.
The next bit in the Modify Style window lets you choose whether to add the style to the Styles Gallery and whether the style should be updated automatically when you make manual adjustments to a paragraph in your document that uses that style (We generally do not recommend using this option, as people always wonder how their style has changed). You can also choose whether the style changes you make apply only to the current document or to new documents based on that template. Since the template on which your document is based is probably the most important normal.dot template in Word, choosing this option usually means that all of your documents are changed.
If you are unsure about any of these options, you should keep them at default settings. To learn more about how styles work, read our mastering styles and styles guide.
When you have made your selection, select "OK" to apply the changes.
If you have changed the name of the heading, you will see that the change occurs both in the Ribbon and in the Styles menu.
Now select the Style option and start typing!