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Friday, May 11, 2007

How to easily Check for Formatting Inconsistencies in Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word can detect formatting inconsistencies in your documents for you. For example, you may want to have all the headings in a document formatted the exact same way, but you inadvertently formatted some of them differently. Word can detect these inconsistencies as you are typing and underline them with a blue wavy line to alert you.

You can configure Word to do this for you using the steps outlined below:

  1. Within Word, click Tools > Options, and click the Edit tab
  2. Under the Editing Options section, place a check beside "Keep track of formatting inconsistencies" and the option to "Mark formatting inconsistencies"

Your formatting inconsistencies will now be marked in your document with a blue wavy line. When this occurs, you can right click the blue wavy line to reveal a context menu of options.