In Word 2007, Styles and Themes play a much more prominent role. Styles have been placed in the middle of the Home tab of the Ribbon and Themes are hard to miss on the Page Layout tab. At first glance, it may be difficult to see the differences between the two features. They both greatly affect the document. However, Styles and Themes have been designed to work together and have different purposes.
Styles are a predefined combination of text and paragraph attributes which include font, size and line spacing, as well as indents, alignment, borders and shading. Styles can be used to quickly and consistently format a document. Styles are also necessary for some advanced work in Word, including outlines, tables of contents, and document maps.
Themes control the overall colors, fonts, and effects that are used in a document. Each theme has twelve colors and two fonts. Theme effects determine how effects are applied to your charts, SmartArt graphics, shapes, and pictures. (Themes are available throughout Microsoft Office 2007 so it is possible to create consistent documents, presentations, and spreadsheets.)
What it boils down to is this: The Theme gives Word 12 colors and 2 fonts to work with and the Style determines exactly how the colors and fonts are used. Or, in other words, the Theme is the list of ingredients and the Style is the recipe. (more…)