Many people now use Google Docs to create and share documents. And to make sure your document looks as good as it reads, you\u2019ll need to apply clear, consistent formatting throughout. The quickest way to do this in Google Docs is via the Styles menu, so let\u2019s look at how this works.\nText Styles in Google Docs\n[caption id="attachment_7599" align="alignright" width="258"] The Styles menu in Google Docs.[\/caption]\n\nGoogle Docs has a range of formatting options. But rather than applying each element of formatting manually, you can use the Styles menu. This is a list of default text styles, including:\n\n \tNormal Text \u2013 Usable for the main text of your document\n \tTitle \u2013 Very large text designed for the main title of a document\n \tSubtitle \u2013 Usable for a subtitle under the main title in a document\n \tHeadings \u2013 A set of heading styles (Heading 1, Heading 2, Heading 3, etc.) that you can use for headings and subheadings throughout your document\n\nYou can apply these default text styles by simply:\n\n \tPlacing the cursor in the passage of text you want to format\n \tGoing to the Styles menu and clicking the style you want to apply\n\nIf the default styles aren\u2019t what you\u2019re after, though, you can also tailor them.\nCustomising Text Styles\nTo customise the default styles in Google Docs, you need to:\n\n \tApply the formatting required somewhere in your document\n \tSelect the newly formatted text\n \tGo to the Styles menu and find the style you want to update\n \tFollow the arrow to the right and click Update \u2018Style Name\u2019 to match\n\n[caption id="attachment_7600" align="aligncenter" width="486"] Customising a style.[\/caption]\n\nThe style will then change to match the formatting of the selected text. It will also update any text to which you\u2019ve already applied the style, which helps to ensure consistency. And if you want to use the same custom styles again at a later date, you can save your settings:\n\n \tOpen the Styles menu and go to Options at the bottom\n \tSelect Save as my default styles to save your current settings\n\n \n\n[caption id="attachment_7601" align="aligncenter" width="349"] Saving custom text styles.[\/caption]\n\nNext time you want to use those saved styles in a Google document, simply go to Styles > Options > Use my default styles. Don\u2019t forget, too, to have your documents checked by a professional proofreader. This will ensure your writing is always error free and easy to read.