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I'll admit to not using styles, but not so much because I don't want to. I've been using the various word processing programs since PCs were first produced, before the concept of styles. They came out shortly after, of course, but they got little or no attention in the limited technical press that I followed at the time. By the time they were in widespread use, I was pretty well entrenched in my ways.

I've tried reading the documentation on them, but (a) I never have the time to sit down and actually learn them and (b) the documentation isn't all it could be -- this goes for MS as well as OO/LO. The biggest problem I've had, and I still don't know the answer, is how to actually save the styles so they're available for any document. I don't like any of the defaults, but don't see the point of creating a style that is usable only in one document, so I just do all the hard-formatting I need (which may take up more disk space, but it's also a lot more flexible as far as I can tell).

I'm slowly catching on, but it's going to be a while.

On 4/29/2013 11:00, Virgil Arrington wrote:
I'd like to get some general opinions about paragraph styles.

I am a retired lawyer who led a local government law office. When I was working at that office, I tried in vain to get my employees to use paragraph styles. For them, styles were a bother to set up and maintain. I love using them, but then I'm as much a word processor junkie as I am an end-user.

Now, I teach a paralegal course in technology at my local university. I recently spent three weeks teaching styles to my students and they have resisted me all the way. My sense is that people just trying to get their work done see paragraph styles as an nuisance, not appreciating the amount of time they can save by investing a little at the beginning.

What about the rest of you. Do you use styles? Do you find that other less-techy types avoid them?

It makes me wonder if there is a way to make them more accessible to people less inclined to invest time in their technology as opposed to getting a task done.


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