Paragraph Dialog Box
The Paragraph dialog box enables you to define cascading style sheet (CSS) style attributes for aligning, indenting, and spacing paragraphs, or for changing the spacing between words. These attributes correspond to the Margin, Text-Indent, and Text-Align CSS properties. You can apply these attributes directly to HTML elements by using inline styles. Alternatively, you can add them to CSS style rules in an external style sheet or in an internal style block in the page.
Use the Direct Style Application toolbar to designate where the CSS style rules are saved. For example, if an existing style sheet already contains a rule for paragraph elements, you can use the Direct Style Application toolbar to add styles to that rule in the style sheet.
You can access the Paragraph dialog box by the following methods:
In Design view, in the Format menu, click Paragraph.
Inline style rules override style rules that are in a style element on the page or style rules that are in an external CSS file.
When you are working in Design view, you can use the Direct Style Application toolbar to determine where style information is created. By default, the toolbar saves new styles as inline styles if no style rule for a page element exists. If a style rule exists for a page element, the toolbar writes the new style to that style rule.
To save paragraph styles in an existing CSS file
Open a Web site that has an existing style sheet or add a new style sheet to an existing Web site.
Open the style sheet and create a paragraph style rule or use an existing style rule or class.
For example, to create an empty paragraph style rule, type the following into the existing style sheet:
In Design view, select the paragraph or paragraphs to be formatted.
In the Direct Style Application toolbar, in the Style Rule list, select p(<style sheet>).
In the Format menu, click Paragraph... .
In the Paragraph dialog box, select the settings that you want for the paragraph.