How to Find a Style You Don’t See on the Home Tab in Microsoft Word

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By default, Microsoft Word does not display all the built-in styles on the Home tab or on the Styles pane. So, what if you want to use a style that you don’t see?

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Styles save you a lot of time and provide consistency when formatting your documents. They are available on the Home tab and on the Styles pane, and there are a lot of built-in styles you can use or customize to your liking.

I, however, often use the built-in Heading 3 style which is not available on the Home tab or the Styles pane initially when I create a new Word document. Notice, in the image above, Heading 1 and Heading 2 are available, but not Heading 3.

We’re going to change a setting to show all built-in styles in the Styles pane so you can quickly apply a style to a paragraph. Click the “Home” tab, if it’s not already the active tab. Then, click the “Styles” button in the lower-right corner of the Styles section.

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The Styles pane displays. It may be a free-floating pane or you can attach the pane to either side of the Word window by dragging it there. At the bottom of the pane, click the “Options” link.

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On the Style Pane Options dialog box, select “All styles” from the “Select styles to show” drop-down list.

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If you want all the built-in styles available on the Styles pane every time you create a new document based on the template attached to the current document (which is the Normal template by default), select the “New documents based on this template” option. Click “OK”.

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All the built-in styles are now available on the Styles pane.

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However, you still won’t see all the built-in styles in the Styles section on the Home tab. Once you apply a style to a paragraph, that style will be available on the Home tab. In our example, we applied Heading 3 to a paragraph and now it’s available on the Home tab.

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If you selected “New documents based on this template” on the Style Pane Options dialog box, you will see all the built-in styles on the Styles pane every time you create a new document based on that template.

Lori Kaufman is a writer who likes to write geeky how-to articles to help make people's lives easier through the use of technology. She loves watching and reading mysteries and is an avid Doctor Who fan.