Word: My styles pane is a mess!July 7, 2010
You open a Word 2007 document and turn on the Styles pane to see what the author has done with the formatting and you’re confronted with something like this:
“Arrgghh! Where did all that stuff come from and how do I get rid of it?”
Don’t panic! The author has some settings turned on that display EVERY variation of paragraph and character styles in the Styles pane. You’ll do your blood pressure a lot of good if you turn them off and go back to the basic paragraph styles list. Here’s how (Word 2007):
- Click Options (at the bottom right of the Styles pane).
- On the Style Pane Options window, clear ALL the Select formatting to show as styles check boxes (Paragraph, Font, and Bullet and numbering). (If these options are selected but grayed out, follow the instructions in the next section to get them back to a selectable state.)
- Click OK. They’re gone and you’re back to your usual list. Now breathe….
But my check boxes are grayed out
If your Style Pane Options window looks like this you can’t clear the check boxes:
Here’s how to get these selection options back:
- Click the Microsoft Office button .
- Click Word Options.
- Click Advanced on the left.
- Scroll down to the Editing options section.
- Select the Keep track of formatting check box.
- Click OK.
- Go back to the Styles pane.
- Click Options again.
- Clear all those check boxes, then click OK.
- Go back to Word Options and clear the Keep track of formatting check box if you have no reason to leave it turned on.