Basing One Style on Another
If you're creating a style that is similar to an existing one, you can base the new style on the existing one so that it gains all the formatting in the existing style. Then all you need to do is tweak the new style a little to get the formatting exactly as you want it. To base a style on another one, you select the "based on" style in the Based On list in the New Style or Modify Style dialog box.
Although this method lets you create styles rather quickly, it can cause two problems down the road. First, when you look at the description of a style that's based on another style (in the Description area of the New Style or Modify Style dialog box), it lists the "based on" style plus whatever adjustments you've made to it. For example, in Figure 7.6, the Short Quote style is based on the Quote style, so the description lists
plus the one modification (the indentation was removed). If you want to see
the formatting in the new style, you need to track down the content of the "based on" style ”a
Figure 7.6. Think
You can think of a template as a big bucket in which you store the things you need to work on a certain type of document. In addition to any formatting and text that you enter directly into a template, it can contain any combination of these items:
The default template, Normal, is unlike other templates in that it is
. This is a
Personalizing Word's Templates
If you have tried one of the templates that comes with Word and like the look of the finished document, it's probably worth taking a few minutes to make the template your own. Wherever possible, you can replace the
Click Here and Type
placeholder text with your personal information. For example, if you're revising a letter template, you might fill in your own return address, company
After you've made these changes, creating
To personalize one of Word's templates, you create a new template based on Word's template and then modify it, as described in these steps:
Your new template now appears in the General tab of the New dialog box, or in another tab if you saved it in a subfolder of the Templates folder. Try using the template to see whether it works as you want it to.