Microsoft Word

Stop automatically update a style

When you select Automatically Update option for a style, any formatting change you make in a paragraph with that style is automatically saved to the style’s definition. The change then appears in all other paragraphs of the document that have the same style.

The Automatically update option in the Modify Style dialog box is one of the most beneficial options if used properly. When you allow a style to automatically update, every formatting change you make to text to which the style is applied automatically changes the style definition, and all text formatted with the style updates before your eyes. For example, when you increase the font size of a Heading 1 styled heading, all other Heading 1 styled headings also increase the font-size. To enable or disable the Automatically update option, follow these steps in Word 2019:

  • Choose Home tab.
  • On Styles group, right-click the style on which you want to enable or disable the automatic updating.
  • Modify Styles dialog box appears.
  • Check or Uncheck the Automatically update option to turn on/off automatic style updating.
  • Click the OK button.
Turn On/Off Automatic Style Updating

If you’re using Word 2003 or Word XP:

  • Choose Format > Style
  • Click the paragraph’s style (or your desired style) in the Styles and Formatting task pane
  • Click the drop-down arrow, and choose Modify to display the Modify Style dialog box.
  • Uncheck the “Automatically update” box
  • Click the OK button.

In Word 2000:

  • Choose Format > Style to display the Style dialog box
  • Click the style name in the Styles list
  • Click the Modify button to display the Modify Style dialog box
  • Uncheck the “Automatically update” box
  • Click the OK button
  • Click the Apply button in the Style dialog box.

More Tutorials on Word Styles:

  1. Apply, Create, and Modify Styles
    Paragraph Style
    Character Style
    Linked (paragraph and character) Style
    Table Style
    List Style
  2. Create and Modify Table Styles
    Table Style Options
  3. Apply a table border style
  4. Link list level to style
  5. Define New List Style
  6. Stop automatically update a style
  7. Create a Character Style
  8. Replace Styles in Attached Template
  9. Find and Replace Formatting and Style