Styles class

Office 2013 and later

Style Definitions. When the object is serialized out as xml, its qualified name is w:styles. Defines Styles.

Namespace:  DocumentFormat.OpenXml.Wordprocessing
Assembly:  DocumentFormat.OpenXml (in DocumentFormat.OpenXml.dll)

public class Styles : OpenXmlPartRootElement

[ISO/IEC 29500-1 1st Edition]

styles (Style Definitions)

This element specifies all of the style information stored in the WordprocessingML document: style definitions as well as latent style information.

[Example: The Normal paragraph style in a word processing document can have any number of formatting properties, e.g. font face = Times New Roman; font size = 12pt; paragraph justification = left). All paragraphs which reference this paragraph style would automatically inherit these properties. end example]

Parent Elements

Root element of WordprocessingML Style Definitions part

Child Elements


docDefaults (Document Default Paragraph and Run Properties)


latentStyles (Latent Style Information)


style (Style Definition)


[Note: The W3C XML Schema definition of this element’s content model (CT_Styles) is located in §A.1. end note]

© ISO/IEC29500: 2008.

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.