The Style Inspector is located on the Sidebar. It displays all the attributes of the styles (paragraph and character) and any direct formatting present in the paragraph and character where the cursor is located. These details can be useful when you are trying to figure out why some formatting in a document appears to be incorrect or inconsistent.
Open the sidebar, click on the Style Inspector icon
Icon Style Inspector on the Sidebar
Paragraph Styles: shows the list of the paragraph styles applied to the text at the cursor position, following the style hierarchy, where the parent style comes above any child style.
Paragraph direct formatting: shows the list of paragraph properties which are set directly to the text at the cursor location.
Character Styles: shows the list of the character styles applied to the text at the cursor, following hierarchy, where the parent style comes above any child style.
Character direct formatting: shows the list of character properties which are set directly to the text at the cursor location.
Display the values of the properties.
Use the Style Inspector to uncover formatting issues in your text document.
Style properties overwritten by direct formatting are greyed out in the Paragraph and Character style tree, indicating that the style property is not effective anymore.
Paragraph style properties that are re-defined by a child paragraph style are greyed out.
Character style properties that are re-defined by a child character style are greyed out.
Paragraph style and direct properties that are re-defined by character styles or character direct properties are greyed.
For example, if the margins of the paragraph are changed by direct formatting using the rulers, the margins property of the paragraph style are greyed out and the margins properties are displayed in the Paragraph Direct Formatting entry of the Style Inspector.
Another example, if the Emphasis character style highlights a word with a yellow background, and the user mistakenly overwrote it by using a white background, the yellow attribute would be greyed-out and white is listed under Direct Formatting in the Style Inspector. The Style Inspector shows only those attributes that diverge from the parent (which is usually the Default Paragraph Style).
Some features of the Style Inspector are of interest mainly to advanced users:
The Style Inspector can show any hidden RDF (Resource Description Framework, a W3C standard) metadata at the cursor position associated with text spans, paragraphs, and bookmarks. For annotated text spans, “Nested Text Content” item can show the boundary of the nested annotated text ranges and metadata fields.
Custom color metadata field shadings can be set for an annotated text range or a metadata field, for visualization of metadata categories in the document editor. Use CommandCtrl+F8 to disable or enable these field shadings.or press