How to Create Heading Styles in MS Word – 2022

What is a great feature in Word documents is that all document-related heading styles are pre-built in them. These can be customized according to your needs.

Not only you can use built-in styles such as headings, captions, subtitles, annotations, indentation, etc., but you can also quickly clear heading styles if you don’t want.

If existing (built-in) styles do not fit into your content need, you can create the new styles you want to apply.

Creating and Applying Heading Styles in MS-Word
Creating and Applying Heading Styles in MS-Word

Getting Started with Creating and Applying Heading Styles

Normal Style:

It clears all the selected content formatting (such as heading, title, subtitle, and so on that you have applied) and resets it to the default font style.

No Spacing Styles:

Removes all the Spaces between the selected paragraphs.

Heading 1, 2, 3… Styles:

Creating and Applying Heading Styles in MS-Word
Heading levels

You can apply different Heading styles such as Heading 1, Heading 2, Heading 3, and so on that fits your content in the document.

Title Style:

Apply it to the name of the document, book, or composition that best describes it.

Subtitle Style:

Apply an alternative title of the document, book, or composition that best describes it.

Subtitle Emphasis Style:

Apply italicized font with a style to your alternative title of the document, book, or composition that best describes it.

Emphasis Style of Heading:

Apply the Bold and Italicized font with a style to the text of the document wherever you want.

Intense Emphasis Style:

Apply the Bold and Italicized font with a special colour and style to the text of the document wherever you want.

Strong Style:

Applies the Bold font to the text of the document wherever you want.

Quote Style:

Applies Quotation styles to the content of the document.

Intense Quote Style:

Applies Quotation styles with background colour formatting to the content of the document

Subtle Reference Style:

Subtle Reference is one of the sources of this information of the content in order to find out something related to it.

Intense Reference Style:

Intense Reference is one of the sources of strong information on the content in order to find out something related to it.

Book Title Style:

Apply it to the main name of the document or book on what it is.

List a Paragraph Style:

The listing paragraph is a paragraph containing different ideas that all connect to one main idea. It is perhaps easiest to think of this as the “First”, “Secondly”, or “Thirdly” paragraph.… The third is the compare and contrast paragraph in which you examine the relationship between two different ideas.

Customizing or Creating Your Own Headings in a Document:

Are the existing headings in Word doesn’t give you sense? Then format and create your own styles of the selected text such as Headings, Titles, Subtitles, Quotations, etc.

Steps in Creating Heading Styles in MS Word:

Creating Heading Styles in Word
Creating Heading Styles in Word

Click on the drop-down arrow of the styles.

Then select “Create a Style” (After selecting “Create a Style” a dialogue box will open)

Creating New Style in Headings in Word
Creating New Style in Headings in Word

On the dialogue box, in the name box, type the name for a new style.

To format the new style as you want, click on “modify”.

Then select one of the styles that you want to modify.

Now click on the modify.

After that select all the formats that you want.

Then click OK.

Clear Formatting (Ctrl+Spacebar):

It clears all the selected content formatting (such as heading, title, subtitle, and so on that you have applied) and resets it to the default font style. 

Steps in Clearing Formatting:

→ Select the text that you want to clear the formatting

→ Then click on the drop-down arrow of the styles group

→ Now select clear formatting.

Keyboard Shortcut for Applying Headings (Ctrl+Shift+S):

To apply headings in Word by modifying the existing headings, titles, subtitles, etc. press Ctrl+Shift+S. Or follow the steps below.

Applying heading styles in MS-Word
Applying heading styles in MS-Word

Steps in applying Heading Levels in MS Word:

Click on the drop-down arrow of the styles.

Then select “Apply Styles

Now select the drop-down arrow as shown in the picture below.

Then select one of the styles that you want to modify

Now click on the modify

After that select all the formats that you want to apply.

Then click OK.

Are Creating Headings in Microsoft Word Easy?

Yes, creating and applying heading styles to your content of the document by using the built-in styles, such as Headings, Titles, Subtitle, Quotations, Indention, etc. is very easy. If built-in styles are not suitable for your content, there is a customizable feature to create the new styles you want.

Can we change headings using built-in styles in Word?

Yes, we can change headings and subheadings in Word.

Are there title styles in Word?

Yes, there are built-in and customizable title styles in Word.

Can we apply side headings in Word?

Yes, we can create and apply side headings in Word.

Formatting Normal Style in Word?

To make your text in normal style from any other styles in Word, select the text that you want to make as normal text, then click “Normal”, which is the first option in the Styles group.

How to change writing styles in Word?

To change writing styles in MS Word, use the font formatting commands, text effects and typography, or heading styles.

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