Character styles complement paragraph styles and are applied to groups of characters, rather than whole paragraphs. They are mainly used when you want to change the appearance or attributes of parts of a paragraph without affecting other parts. Examples of effects that can be obtained by means of character styles are bold or italic typeface or colored words.
Two of the character styles used in this document are:
- Keystrokes use the custom OOoKeyStroke style. For example:
- To set Writer to full screen, press Control+Shift+J.
- Menu paths use the custom OOoMenuPath style. For example:
- To turn field shadings on or off, choose View > Field Shadings.
Other ways of using character styles are described elsewhere in the Writer Guide. These uses include making chapter numbers, page numbers, or list numbers larger than the surrounding text and formatting hyperlinks. When inserting words in different language or words you do not want the spell checker to detect as mistakes (for example procedure names in some programming language), character styles are quite useful because you can define the language to be applied in the character-style properties.