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What About Style Sets?

What About Style Sets?

Many people get confused about the difference between a theme and a style set. Both themes and style sets change the colors and fonts in the entire document at once. (Style sets are in Word only; PowerPoint and Excel don’t have them. They’re applied from the gallery on the Design tab.)

Two key differences are:

  • A style set doesn’t modify the theme colors. Some style sets change the font color for headings, but they do so by assigning a different placeholder to the headings, not by redefining what color is in the placeholder.
  • A style set redefines individual styles in more ways than just fonts and colors. It may change the indentation and vertical spacing of paragraphs, for example, and it may apply character attributes to certain styles such as all-caps, numbered lists, or shading.
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