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How to tell if a Word document is styled


When you need an easy way to tell if a document is styled, you can turn on the Styles Area Width in your document. There are two steps in viewing the Styles Area:

  1. View your document in Draft view
  2. Turn on the Styles Area

Step 1- View your document in Draft view

The default view in Word 2007 and 2010 is Print Layout view. You want to change your view to Draft view.

Go to the View tab, Document Views group and choose Draft.

Step 2 – Turn on the Styles Area

To turn on the Styles Area you need to update your Options.

In Word 2007, go to the Office Button and click Word Options. In Word 2010, go to the File tab and click Word Options. Once you in the Options dialog box, click the Advanced category on the left. Scroll halfway down to find the Display category. Then change the Styles Area Width from 0 to something like 1, as in 1″. You can always resize it later.

Once you have the Styles Area turned on, you can easily view what styles are currently applied to the document:

Free Microsoft Office Training – from Microsoft


Microsoft has some very useful training covering the most current versions of Office. Whether you want to brush up on your computer skills to learn the latest technology or need to prepare for a job interview & assessment, you’ll definitely want to check out these amazing resources for both PC and Mac.

On-Demand Training for PC and Mac

Download and learn on your own schedule!

All Microsoft Office Training for PC

Access, Excel, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, Project, SharePoint, SharePoint Workspace, Visio, word and more

Access, Communicator, Excel, Live Meeting, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, Project, SharePoint, Visio, and Word

Access, Excel, FrontPage, Outlook, and PowerPoint

All Microsoft Office for Mac Training

Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word

Making the switch from PC to Mac

Microsoft Webcasts for Office (PC)

Microsoft has a website dedicated to webcasts, podcasts and virtual labs. I applied the filters for Office and sessions that are suitable for business users.

Note: If you see the word “More”, be sure to click that link (as seen in the screenshot below) to view all the upcoming and available events (live and recorded).

Microsoft Office YouTube Channel

Another source for free training is Microsoft’s YouTube channel. They have over 500 videos and counting!

If you have a favorite resource for free training, I’d love to hear about it. I’m always on the lookout for great training!

And don’t forget to visit RedCape’s event page for our popular Tips in Minutes free webinar and other live, instructor-led training specifically for Executive and Personal Assistants.

Create a Table of Contents (TOC) in Word


If it takes you more than a minute to generate a table of contents (TOC) for even the largest, most complex documents, then you have every right to be pulling out your hair by now. I personally would be bald.

Because the TOC gets generated from the Heading styles in your document, I suspect that the reason it isn’t working is that the headings you want to pull into your TOC aren’t formatted using Word’s built-in Heading styles.

Here are the overall steps to take. You can view the tutorials listed below to get more detailed instruction. Keep in mind that this is the shortcut method. I would recommend you style the entire document rather than just the headings, but if you’re in a hurry and need the TOC generated, these three steps will do the trick. For those of you with an existing document that you’ve worked countless hours on already, then it probably should take you about an hour or less to go back and apply the Heading styles to your document before generating your TOC. If it’s taking you more than that, feel free to connect with me for help.

  1. Apply Heading 1 styles to the headings within your document. If you need subheadings included in the TOC, then you’ll need to apply Heading 2s and Heading 3s as necessary. For example, in this screen shot of a business plan TOC, the “Executive Summary”, “Company Description” and “Product or Service” are styled as Heading 1 (aka H1). The rest of the headings are styled as Heading 2 (aka H2). If I had a third level, I would have styled them within the document as Heading 3. Note: this business plan example actually has Headings 3 and 4 applied but I chose not to include them in the TOC. So you do have flexibility in how many Heading levels to include in the TOC but if you’re in a hurry today and you simply want one or two headings, then just focus on getting those styled properly in your document.
  2. Modify the Headings. The built-in formatting for the Heading styles probably doesn’t match how you originally formatted your headings. Modify the style definition once and all the headings formatted with that style will be updated appropriately.
  3. Generate your TOC. Now that your Heading 1 and possibly Heading 2 styles have been applied to the corresponding headings within your document, you can generate your TOC.

For detailed instructions about these steps, review the following tutorials from Microsoft.

PC Tutorials

Mac Tutorials

Feel free to comment below if you need any assistance. Or email me directly to receive coaching: help [at] redcapeco [dot] com.

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