Word 2010 Tip: Customizing Header Styles

Microsoft Word 2010 provides a variety of options for customizing any document you are creating. While pre-defined header styles are already available at your disposal, Word allows you the freedom to further modify these styles so that they fit with the theme or schema of your document.

We use headers within Word documents for a variety of reasons. As an employee, you may find them useful when developing a detailed report. As a student, they can help you to better organize your term paper or project. Whatever it is you’re working on, Word provides the ability to add a more personalized, visually-appealing touch to your documents.

So, how do you customize header styles? It’s pretty easy!

  1. Right-click on the style you wish to alter from the Styles section of the ribbon and click on Modify in the menu that appears. Note: If you don’t see the Styles section, make sure that the Home tab is selected.

  2. In the dialog box that appears, you can quickly change font properties of the header; such as face, size, and color. You can also adjust alignment, spacing, and indention.
  3. To further customize the header style, click on the Format button at the bottom left of the dialog box and choose from any one of the options in the menu that appears.

    Available options are:
    • Font: Provides access to additional font features; such as special effects and scaling.
    • Paragraph: Allows further control over spacing and indention.
    • Tabs: Further customize indentions by setting tab stops.
    • Border: Add borders or shading styles to your header.
    • Language: Modify the default language for your headers.
    • Frame: Set the header as a frame and modify its look & feel.
    • Numbering: If your sections need to be numbered or bulleted, use this section to customize how headers are styled.
    • Shortcut Key: Set up a shortcut key to quickly change text to the header style.
    • Text Effects: Change up the text by adding an outline, shadows, or 3D styles.


Once you are satisfied with the changes, simply click on OK to exit the Modify Styles dialog box. Changes will take effect to any text using the style you modified.


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