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Word – How can I see customised Style Headings in the Navigation pane?

Posted March 19, 2014

I love the Headings feature on the Navigation pane in Word 2010 and 2013.  However I did find it a little frustrating when I first used it as the only Headings showing in the pane were the headings that were formatted with Word’s standard styles – Heading1, Heading2, Heading3, etc.

I use customised styles all of the time and wanted to be able to see them in the Navigation pane.

To do this first open the Styles pane and then for each of the styles you want to see in the Navigation pane do the following:

  1. Click the drop-down arrow on the style name.
  2. Select Modify.
  3. Then click the Format button at the bottom left of the dialog box.
  4. Select Paragraph.
  5. Set the Outline Level to match the Heading level you require.  For example if you wanted your customised style to have the same level as say a Heading1 style select “Level 1”.
  6. Click OK and OK again.
  7. The style will now be shown in the Navigation pane and each will be indented according to the level you associated to the style.

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