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I have a text file with headings and body text and it is properly formatted in outline. Now I want to decrease only the body text size. As the document is very large, I don't want to decrease the size of all text, as this would mean that I have to adjust all headings manually.

How do I accomplish this in Word 2011?

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  1. Select text that is styled with the style attributes that you want to change.

    For example, to change the attributes of the Heading 1 style, select text that has the Heading 1 style applied.

  2. Format the selected text with the new attributes that you want.

    For example, you might decide that you want to change the point size for the Heading 1 style from 16 points to 14 points.

  3. On the Home tab, in the Styles group, right-click the style that you want to change.

  4. Click Update to Match Selection.

All text with the style that you changed will automatically change to match the new style that you defined.

Change the formatting of a style

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  • Thanks. Ok the key was in selecting that bit of body text. I could also right-mouse click then on the style and then select "select all occurrences". However I've modified it now to have 10 size instead of 12. – Sjors van Heuveln Jan 3 '16 at 17:43

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