Modify the structure and appearance of text in Microsoft Word 2016


This chapter from Microsoft Word 2016 Step by Step guides you through procedures related to applying character and paragraph formatting, structuring content manually, creating and modifying lists, applying styles to text, and changing a document’s theme.

In this chapter

      • Apply paragraph formatting
      • Structure content manually
      • Apply character formatting
      • Create and modify lists
      • Apply built-in styles to text
      • Change the document theme

Practice files

For this chapter, use the practice files from the Word2016SBS\Ch04 folder. For practice file download instructions, see the introduction.

Documents contain text that conveys information to readers, but the appearance of the document content also conveys a message. You can provide structure and meaning by formatting the text in various ways. Word 2016 provides a variety of simple-to-use tools that you can use to apply sophisticated formatting and create a navigational structure.

In a short document or one that doesn’t require a complex navigational structure, you can easily format words and paragraphs so that key points stand out and the structure of your document is clear. You can achieve dramatic flair by applying predefined WordArt text effects. To keep the appearance of documents and other Microsoft Office files consistent, you can format document elements by applying predefined sets of formatting called styles. In addition, you can change the fonts, colors, and effects throughout a document with one click by applying a theme.

This chapter guides you through procedures related to applying character and paragraph formatting, structuring content manually, creating and modifying lists, applying styles to text, and changing a document’s theme.

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