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OpenOffice Writer User Guide
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Creating a new style using the Style dialog box

Open the Styles and Formatting window (Figure 189). Right-click on a style and select New. The style that you choose will be the basis for this new style. If you do not want too many of the options preset for you, choose the Defaultstyle.

The dialog box displayed depends on the type of style selected. Figure 194 shows an example of a Style dialog box for a new paragraph style. The dialog boxes and choices for defining new styles are the same as for modifying existing styles.

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An exception to the above rule is conditional styles, which have a different dialog box. See “Working with conditional paragraph styles†on page 185 for more information.

Linking styles

You can link a new style to an existing style. For example, suppose that the style mystyle specifies a font size of 12. Then you create another style (mystyle2) linked to mystyle and specifies underlined text. If you modify mystyle to font size 20, mystyle2 inherits the new font size but still underlines the text.

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If styles are linked, changing the base style changes all the linked styles. Sometimes this is exactly what you want; other times it is not. It pays to plan ahead. Many predefined styles are already linked to other styles.

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