Applying a Docs Style

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated November 14, 2013)

Docs provides a number of different styles you can use within your documents. For those familiar with styles in other word processing programs, you'll find the styles capabilities in Docs to be extremely limited. Basically, Docs comes with nine pre-defined styles that you can apply to the text in your document.

To apply a style, place the cursor within the paragraph you want to format and then click the drop-down Styles option on the toolbar. You'll see a list of six styles you can apply. (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. Picking a style for your text.

All you need to do is click on the style you want and Docs applies it to the paragraph.

You'll note that earlier in this tip I said that Docs provides nine styles you can use, but the drop-down list initially only provides six styles. This is because Docs only lists three heading levels (Heading 1 through Heading 3) to start with, but once you apply one of the "hidden" heading levels (Heading 4 through Heading 6), those, too, appear in the drop-down list.

How do you apply the "hidden" heading styles? It's easy if you remember that you can use shortcut keys to apply headings. Just type Ctrl+Alt+1 (Heading 1) through Ctrl+Alt+6 (Heading 6) to apply the various heading styles. You can also use Ctrl+Alt+0 to apply the Normal text style.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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