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How to Change the Line Colors with the Default Title Style in Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word comes with several themes to customize the style of your document, several of which can be used to create a professional eBook layout. Sometimes you’ll want to make simple changes to the default styles. Here is how to change the line colors that appear with some themes’ Title style.

Change the Title Style

In this example, I will be changing the Title text and lines to a red color using Microsoft Word 2013. The overall process will be similar to previous versions of Word, however the tabs and locations may be in slightly different locations for an earlier version.

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Example of Default Title Style

While it is easy to change the color of the text (TITLE) by selecting the text and choosing a new text color, it can be difficult to change the line above and below if you are unfamiliar with Microsoft Word.

First you need to realize these are not ‘underlines’ from the normal font attributes. These lines are borders. In order to change the color you need to ‘right-click’ on the style name and choose ‘Modify’.

Modify Default Title Style: Styles > Right-Click > Modify

Modify Style

Now that the ‘Modify Style’ dialog box is open we can change the font color and border colors at the same time.

Modify Style Dialog Box in Photoshop CS6

1. Change the Text Color

Click on the ‘blue’ color (yours may be a different color) and select a new text color. I’ve chosen ‘red’ in this example. It’s important to notice that the borders are still the original blue color.

Change Default Title Style Text Color

2. Change the Border Color

Now let’s change the border color to red so it will match. In the bottom left corner of the ‘Modify Style’ dialog box click the ‘Format’ button and select ‘Border’.

First choose a new color (I made it red). Then click on the borders you wish to change. In the image below I’ve changed only the top border so you can see it compared to the ‘blue’ bottom border. (Another idea would be to remove the border on top or bottom for a completely new look.)

Borders and Shading Dialog Box

After you’ve made your changes click ‘OK’. You’ll now see the changes in the ‘Modify Style’ dialog box. Make sure it’s what you wanted and click ‘OK’.

Red Borders in Title Style

You’ve successfully modified the default ‘Title’ style!

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