This article defines direct formatting and describes the many problems associated with using it as opposed to formatting using Styles.
Direct formatting refers to selecting text and choosing a format for it. When more than one format is required, each must be chosen individually for the selected text.
Direct formatting has its place, but to using it exclusively ignores one of word processing's very best features: Styles.
Problems using direct formatting:
Styles overcome all these shortcomings and also save time and effort spent formatting.
Bruce Miller, 2000, 2005, 2014
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