The Power of Styles

Tech Training Video

Program and Platform:

Microsoft Word for Windows and Mac

Featured Features:

  • Default Styles
  • Applying Styles
  • Creating Styles
  • Altering Styles

How-To Tech Description:

Want to know which one of Word’s most powerful features is underused by legal professionals? It’s Styles. Styles are a preset combination of font and paragraph formatting. And since Styles are applied to all text by default (and the feature cannot be turned off), you must learn to use them and alter them for your needs. In this lesson, we’ll help you understand what Styles are and how they work. If you’re already familiar with Styles, we’ll show you how to alter them to meet your personal style, firm style, court style, or jurisdictional requirements. Read this article from our Microsoft Word Features series for more about the connection between Styles and the Navigation Pane.



A reader needs a readable, digestible document with obvious structure and logic. Effective documents employ typographical elements such as headings, bullets, tables, charts, and graphics to organize and deliver complex information. Styles will help you to provide that visual structure consistently. When you’re ready to take the next step and serve readers by improving your content, try WordRake. It’s editing software for Microsoft Word and Outlook that will help you edit for clarity and brevity with one click. Try WordRake today!

For more tips on editing for your reader’s benefit, check out 5 Kinds of Errors to Check in Legal Editing on our blog.

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Slide6-Mar-01-2022-12-22-09-30-AMAbout Barron K. Henley

Barron K. Henley, Esq. is one of the founding partners of Affinity Consulting Group, a legal technology consulting firm focused on automating and streamlining law firms and legal departments. He earned his B.S./B.A. (marketing and economics) and J.D. from The Ohio State University and is a member of the American, Ohio and Columbus Bar Associations, and the Worthington Estate Planning Council. He is a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a member of Ohio Supreme Court Commission on Technology and the Courts, and a member of both the ABA Law Practice Management and the Real Property Trust and Estate Law (“RPTE”) Sections. Barron heads Affinity’s document assembly/automation and software training departments. Finally, Barron teaches continuing legal education (CLE) classes throughout the U.S. and Canada covering a wide variety of topics related to law practice management, technology and ethics.


Slide5-Mar-01-2022-12-23-56-35-AMAbout Ivy B. Grey

Ivy B. Grey is the Chief Strategy & Growth Officer for WordRake. Before joining the WordRake team, she practiced bankruptcy law for ten years. During her decade of legal practice, Ivy was named a Rising Star in the New York Metro Area for five consecutive years, and her significant representations included American Airlines, Columbia House, Kodak, and Dewey & LeBoeuf.

Since joining the legal tech world, Ivy has become known for her work on technology competence, ethics, and innovation. She has a unique blend of skills and an outstanding ability to synthesize technical, business, and legal information into practical advice and actionable plans. In 2020, Ivy was recognized as an Influential Woman in Legal Tech by ILTA. She has also been recognized as a Fastcase 50 Honoree and included in the Women of Legal Tech list by the ABA Legal Technology Resource Center.