You can use the themes in Microsoft Word to apply a consistent formatting style to your work. But how do these themes work? This post will explain the basics.\n\nApplying Themes in Word\nThe themes in let you create professional-looking work by coordinating colours, styles, and other formatting within and between documents. This also saves time by eliminating to need to format each element of a document separately.\nTo apply a default theme to your document:\n\n\n \tGo to Design > Themes on the main ribbon.\n \tClick Themes to open the gallery.\n \tHover over each option to preview it in your document.\n \tClick on your chosen design to apply.\n\nThis will apply the chosen theme to the entire document.\n\n\n[caption id="attachment_59731" align="aligncenter" width="348"] The Themes menu in Microsoft Word.[\/caption]\nAdjusting Theme Colours and Fonts\nIf the default themes in the gallery do not meet your needs, you can also customise them. The options for this are also available via the Design tab, including:\n\n\n \tColours \u2013 A list of colour schemes, with each colour in a set applied to a different part of the document (e.g. text, headings, hyperlinks).\n \tFonts \u2013 Sets of fonts for text and heading.\n \tParagraph spacing \u2013 Pre-set options for line and paragraph spacing.\n \tEffects \u2013 Options for effects applied to graphical objects (e.g. drawn shapes).\n\nSelecting an option from these menus will adjust the theme of your document. For the first three (but not 'Effects'), you can also create a custom design for your theme (simply select the 'Customize...' option at the bottom of the relevant menu).\n\n\n[caption id="attachment_59752" align="aligncenter" width="555"] Options for customising themes.[\/caption]\nYou can also save a custom theme so that you can easily apply it to future work:\n\n\n \tMake any changes and go to Design > Themes.\n \tSelect Save Current Theme.\n \tIn the dialog box that opens, enter a new theme name.\n \tClick Save to save your theme.\n\nYour new theme will then be saved in the Themes gallery for quick access.\n\n\n[caption id="attachment_59756" align="aligncenter" width="572"] Saving a custom theme.[\/caption]\nAlternatively, if you want to use a theme from an earlier piece of work that you didn\u2019t save to the gallery, you can go to Themes > Browse for Themes and select the document with the theme you want to use. Microsoft Word will then apply the theme from that document to the current one.\nAnd if you want to use a selected theme for all new documents (either a custom theme or one from the gallery), simply click Set as Default on the Design tab.\n\nExpert Microsoft Word Formatting\nUsing the themes in Microsoft Word helps you to create professional documents with a consistent design. If you'd like any further help with polishing your work, though, we offer a tailored formatting service at Proofed.