Styles allow you to automatically format your entire document at once instead of having to do it as you go along. Although learning to use styles can seem a bit daunting at first, the benefits are worth the time and effort to implement better formatting practices.
Those who have not yet mastered styles often rely on a few quick, familiar fixes to navigate edits and updates – perhaps using the “format painter” or the right click function to apply or modify formatting. Yet these workarounds can represent traps. These tricks do not achieve the consistency using styles does. When these manually formatted documents go through multiple rounds of editing, the formatting may change or fail to update through every version.
While informal approaches may seem to work fairly well, choosing not to use styles can create greater problems.
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