Working with Styles

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This is Chapter 7 of the 2.x Writer Guide (Third edition), produced by the OOoAuthors group. A PDF of this chapter is available from the OOoAuthors Guides page at


A style is a set of formats that you can apply to selected pages, text, frames, and other elements in your document to quickly change their appearance. When you apply a style, you apply a whole group of formats at the same time. Writer supports the following types of styles:

  • Page styles include margins, headers and footers, borders, and backgrounds.
  • Paragraph styles control all aspects of a paragraph's appearance, such as text alignment, tab stops, line spacing, borders, and character formatting.
  • Character styles affect properties of the selected text within a paragraph, such as the font and size of text and bold and italic formats.
  • Frame styles are used to format graphic and text frames, including borders, backgrounds, columns, and how text wraps around the frame.
  • List styles apply similar alignment, numbering or bullet characters, and fonts to numbered or bulleted lists. (OOo) comes with many predefined styles. You can use the styles as provided, modify them, or create new styles, as described in this chapter.

The importance of styles in is covered in Chapter 6 (Introduction to Styles). That chapter also introduces three of the five types of styles in Writer (page, paragraph, and character), and it describes how and why to use them in Writer documents.

This chapter describes the general use of styles in Writer and provides more examples of using all five types of styles.

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