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Linux Journal: OOo Off the Wall: Building Characters

May 12, 2004, 11:30 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Character styles are a set of formatting options applied to selected text. They are a basic tool in most word processors, and's use of character styles is more or less typical. If you have used character styles in other word processors, then you probably can grasp the basics of using them in with few difficulties.

"If you are a newcomer to styles, imagine that you decide to put the title of a book in italics. You could enter an override by selecting the italics icon on the Function bar. However, you can work more efficiently if you create a character style for italics or book titles, and apply the style instead. That way, if you decide that all the book titles in your document should use a bold regular weight instead of italics, you can update them simultaneously by modifying the style..."

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