How To Permanently Clean Style Gallery In Word

Ever notice that long list running across your Home tab in Word? That, of course, is the Style Gallery and it is where all the Quick Styles (the most accessible Styles) are housed. Trust me, those are not the only styles that Word has. Believe it or not, there are over 200!

Quick Styles

Of course, you most likely do not want to use all of them and, some of them are not useful to you at all.

Generally speaking, when I am asked how to remove specific Styles from the Quick Styles area on the Home tab, my advice is to right-click on the offending Style and select Remove from Style Gallery.


Removing Styles

The problem with this method is that it only removes them when working in that particular document. When you open a new document they will still appear in your Styles Gallery. Follow the steps below to learn how to make them disappear permanently:

  1. Right-click on the Style you would no longer like to see
  2. Select Modify
  3. At the bottom of the Style dialog box, deselect the box next to Add to the Styles gallery and select the radio button next to New documents based on this template


Please note that this method presumes that you are working in whatever template you normally work in and most of the time, you are. If you have multiple templates (.dotx or .dotm files),  you will have to do this for each template you would like to hide certain Styles in. Fortunately, you can customize your Style Gallery to be specific for each template.

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Carol Bratt

Carol holds A+, MCP, and MOS computer certifications and is the resident DCT Office expert. She trains the staffs of small law firms in the use of Microsoft Office applications and has authored many books covering Microsoft Office as well as written articles for Infopackets, TechnoLawyer, and Digital Harbor. For more Microsoft Office tips visit Carol's Corner Office or follow Carol on FaceBook and Twitter.

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