I'm currently writing down a few things for an RPG conversion using Word 2013.

I'm a bit stuck trying to create my own heading style. The heading style should have a specific color and shadow. Also, I want the paragraph that follows to return using standard text style automatically.

Whenever I use my style, "Nachteil", I don't get the shadow below text; I get what you see in the first line in the figure below. However, the style "Hervorhe" (which might translate as "emphasis" or "highlighting") gives me what I want, as illustrated in the second line.

Figure (1) First line is what I get, second line is what I want: 1st line is what I got, 2nd line what I wanted

Figure (2) Here is the format of style "Nachteil": The format of the template

Figure (3) And here is the list of available styles in the Ribbon, including "Hervorhe": Toolbar

So I get the shadow below text that I desire only when I apply style "Hervorhe" from the list of styles.

My question here is: What can I do to make my style "Nachteil" look like the second line in Figure (1) above AND at the same time switch to a standard style when I start a new paragraph with Enter?

  • It's not clear from your question what exactly you've tried. "When I try it" - what? "Only when I also add "highlighting"" - how did you add it? Please include also some screenshots from the settings of the different examples. Apr 5, 2016 at 11:12
  • I added it by clicking on highlight in the toolbar in addition to the title. Only then did I get the second look
    – Thomas
    Apr 5, 2016 at 17:16
  • You offered 50 reputation for this question, but don't have time to properly edit your question, why??? Apr 5, 2016 at 17:43
  • @MátéJuhász I didn't edit back 1 hour ago as I just came home from work and had 2 hours of sleep today so my concentration was zero (just enough to do a fast reply as comment and take a while to get together screenshots to edit the post ;) That aside during the screenshot taking I found a strange change that I added as "Edit" at the end of the question.
    – Thomas
    Apr 5, 2016 at 18:32
  • What happens if you edit "Hervorhe" and change "next paragraph" to normal? Apr 5, 2016 at 18:50

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I'll try to answer the topic's title and the question that ended with. Feel free to comment if I didn't cover your question. Tell me if I did understand what you want so I may edit you question to be clear for the rest of people

Assuming you want to edit a style to have some shadow, and that style is called Nachteil. Since I don't use German Microsoft Word, I'll use your screenshots when possible, otherwise I'll use the English commands.

Open the dialogue box Formatvorlage ändern to modify your style Nachteil. That's from right-clicking the style from the style pane Formatvorlage (screenshot 2) on the Ribbon and choosing ändern.

From the dialogue box (screenshot 1), look at the bottom and click the button Format, then choose Text Effects from the pop-up menu (I don't know it in German but it's the last command in that menu).

From the new dialogue box, click the second A button. Expand the first command (English: Shadow). Choose a colour (button 2) and set your other preferences regarding size and angle. Click OK to confirm your changes.

Now returning to the dialogue box Formatvorlage ändern, if you want to change the style for the next paragraph (when pressing key Enter) to style Normal or any other style you prefer, choose it from the menu Formatvorlage für folgenden Absatz:. Click OK to confirm your changes.

Note: This procedure will change every text's appearance using style Nachteil. However, changing the next paragraph's style from Nachteil is only effective to the edits after doing the above procedure. Existing paragraphs following texts that applied style Nachteil previously will have no effect in this regard.

  • Hi tnx will accept this as its a good tutorial there. What I found btw is that it seems that at least my word is sometimes buggy there (Nachteil not ending and returning to standard, or parts of Nachteils format being ignored until I delete those lines and write them anew,...). Maybe a bit of warning to those trying to so such things, that it seems like word is a bit buggy in these regards (or its just my pc again....got a bit of bad luck there^^')
    – Thomas
    Apr 10, 2016 at 18:01
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    @Thomas You're welcome :) While Word is a powerful and friendly programme, it becomes stubborn if you don't do things as Word likes it. Copy Nachteils texts and paste them as plain texts (Ribbon \ Home \ arrow under Paste \ first button from right captioned Keep text only). Select this pasted text and apply style Nachteils. Now when you hit key Enter at the end of line, it should change style to Normal, hopefully.
    – Sanny
    Apr 10, 2016 at 20:07

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