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Is there a way to create a Style that doesn't have a font color. The text that I want to apply the font to is already colored (different colors depending on the word), I just want they style to have the font size and background.

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Leaving the style's font color on "Automatic" doesn't work? – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Nov 23 '11 at 1:31
Strangely it changes some text to black but leaves other text colored. – Jonathan Allen Nov 23 '11 at 2:35
I can confirm that it doesn't work properly and some words change their colors, whereas the majority doesn't. This seems to be a bug in MS Word. – Alexander Galkin Dec 21 '11 at 16:34
From the days I used Word, I remember behaviour would also be different for text that already had less or more than 50% of some formatting applied. Like if one word was bold or using a specific font, it would stay like that. But if more than 50% of a sentence was bold or using that other font, it might be removed when another style was applied. I don't remember the exact details, and don't remember if it applied to color as well. – Arjan Feb 15 '15 at 13:23

Styles were a big breakthrough in efficient document production in the early versions of Word, but it has gotten so complicated as to be more trouble than it is worth for most users.

In the style definition, there is a setting for "Style Based On" and one for "Style Type" -

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Here you see two default styles built-in to Word 2007. Both have the font color set to blue. Here is the results of applying those styles to text where words have been individually colored:

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As you can see, when the "Style Type" is "Linked" and "Style based on" is set to the Normal paragraph style, the color attribute of the style does not override any individual word colors. "Style Type" set to Character and "Style Based On" set to Default Paragraph Font DOES override individual colors.

When you define your own style you'll have choices for "Style Type" as shown here: enter image description here

You should be able to get what you want by choosing Linked for "Style Type" and Normal for "Style Based On" in the style definition.

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You're not actually answering the question. How do you not set the color in a style? – flodin Dec 13 '13 at 10:02
"You should be able to get what you want by choosing Linked for "Style Type" and Normal for "Style Based On" in the style definition." That's how you set a style without a color. I did go into a lot of detail on how this works but that's the specific answer. – Dave Becker Dec 13 '13 at 15:34

Although this is quite old but today I faced same issue & following is the solution (working in Word-2010):

  1. Use Toggle Button to Show Paragraph Marks
  2. Check that Style shows Style type: Linked (paragraph and character)
  3. Style Formatting Color = Automatic

  4. Select the Text on which you want to Apply the Style.

Caution: Select Complete Paragraph including all the Paragraph marks associated with it.

  1. Apply the Style. It will NOT change the original text color.

I faced similar issue. During Copy/Paste & Applying the Style, sometimes Text color was changed & sometimes it was NOT. Answer of Dave Becker & Following Link helped me resolving this issue:


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You can't actually create a style without a color; every style either has a color specified or inherits the color of its parent style. (Character styles based on the Default paragraph font style inherit font settings, including color, from the applied paragraph style.) But you can probably do what it sounds like you're wanting to do by using a paragraph style. If less than 50% of a paragraph has a particular direct formatting (i.e., formatting applied without using styles), it will be kept when the paragraph style is applied. (If it's more than 50%, you will have to reapply the colors.) A linked style may work too, but I tend to avoid those (except the built-in linked styles, including Normal and the Heading styles); they usually work fine, but they occasionally do weird things.

It may not be an option, but you may want create character styles for the individual colors you're using; applying a paragraph style shouldn't remove any formatting applied via character styles. (A linked style may or may not remove character styles, depending on how it's applied; one of the weird things linked styles do.)

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