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How to customise text styles in Microsoft Word for iPad

Use the Styles control in Microsoft Word for iPad to personalise text in your documents

Microsoft Office is finally here for the iPad, and it’s already encroaching on the monopoly held by Apple’s Pages app. Until recently, Pages was the undisputed king of word processing on the iPad, but now Microsoft is offering Word and its sister apps for free. But just how good is it?

In this tutorial we’ll show you how easy it is to get creative with text in Word for iPad. The Styles tools give you access to all the controls you need to start editing your text and getting creative. You can give your documents a completely unique look by personalising things like fonts, colours, size and more. Word has a number of document themes that you can jump into with a tap, and they each have their own styles for fast formatting that will fit with the rest of the document. But if you don’t like any of the built-in presets, why not use the editing tools on offer to add your own to the Styles menu?

The system is surprisingly powerful, offering text effects like shadows, reflections, 3D colouring and more alongside basic tools like bold, italics and underlining. You’ll have to decide for yourself whether the tools in Microsoft Word for iPad take it above and beyond Pages, but we’ll help you decide by showing you how to get more from your documents.


Step 1

1 Select your style

Select your text by double-tapping it, then tap the Styles button, located on the far left-hand side of the Home ribbon. Here you’ll see all the styles for the theme you’re using.

Step 2

2 Font and size

If you don’t want any of the built-in styles, you can customise text yourself. Use the Fonts and Size drop-down menus to pick your own font, and resize it to your needs.

Step 3

3 More formatting

Tap the button next to the font and size controls and you can access more options for your text, including bold and italics options that you can apply to your text with a tap.

Step 4

4 Text Effects

Further down the menu you’ll also see the Text Effects option. In this menu there are 15 preset effects; these are all effects that you can’t apply using Word’s tools.

Step 5

5 Pick an effect

You can tap any of the effects to try them out on the text you have selected. The font, text size and any formatting options you just selected will remain alongside the effect.

Step 6

6 Start again

If you’re unhappy with what you’ve done, or how the text on your page looks, you can tap the Clear Formatting option at the bottom of the menu to remove everything.

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