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Setting Up Style Guides/Area in Microsoft Word

To help aid you with apply and checking your style formatting you can set up you word document to give a visual guide to show what styles are applied.


If you use a Mac operating system you have the option to turn on a colour-coded style guide.

To turn it on:

  • Open style pane
  • Select Show Style Guides it is a clickable option at the bottom of the Style Pane

You will now see a coloured and numbered column to the left of the page that corresponds to the style applied to the page.


If you use a Windows operating system you will not have the option for a coloured style guide, but you can turn on a style area to track any applied styles in the document.

To turn on the style area:

  • Set your document view to either Draft or Outline
  • Go to File>Advanced
  • Scroll down to Display and locate Style Area Pane Width in Draft and Outline Views
  • It will be set to 0 cm change the number to .5 cm or a number of your choice.
  • Select Okay

You will now see a column to the left of the document with written labels that correspond to the applied style.

This will only be visible in Draft or Outline view
public/nnels/etext/show-style-guides-word.txt · Last modified: 2021/09/07 14:17 by rachel.osolen