You can reveal formatting for any selected text in Word. It won't display on the document itself like your WordPerfect example, but instead will show you the details of your currently selected text in a separate pane (dialog). (That's because internally, WordPerfect and Word take different approaches to how they connect formatting and text. John McGhie wrote up a little more about the differences between the two.)
Style Inspector will show you some information -- it will show you about styles that are applied to your selected text. But it doesn't show all formatting details. That's why you need to use
Reveal Formatting: that shows you all of the formatting details for your selected text.
Below, I've included screen shots to show the steps to open up the
reveal formatting task pane. (I was using Word 2010 in those.) Here are the specific steps in Word 2007 and above:
- On the
Home tab, in the
Styles group, click the
Styles task pane Launcher (that's the little square in the lower-right-hand corner with the downward pointing arrow in it).
- At the bottom of the
Styles task pane (a.k.a. Styles dialog box), click the
Style Inspector button to bring it up: At the bottom of the Styles task pane, look for the button with the magnifying glass icon (usually it's the middle of three buttons). That will bring up the
- The Style Inspector will show you some information about any styles applied to your selected text, but it doesn't show all details. You need to click on the
Reveal Formatting button at the bottom of the Style Inspector: the Reveal Formatting button also has a magnifying glass, but it leans to the left instead of the right like the Style Inspector.
Or just use the keyboard shortcut: Shift+F1
Reveal Formatting is also available in Word 2002 and 2003 with the same keyboard shortcut (Shift+F1), or find it with
View > Task Pane, click on the down-arrow and choose
Reveal Formatting from the choices.
Open up the Styles pane:
Use the Style Inspector to then open Reveal Formatting:
Here's the Reveal Formatting Pane. Note that You can also show the formatting for the section by clicking on the "+" next "Section." I didn't have that info expanded in this screenshot. There are also more options at the bottom of the
Reveal Formatting pane.