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How to customize the default styles for new projects

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Step-by-step guide: How to customize the default styles for new projects

You can define the default styles that will be used in new projects. This makes it simple to define your preferences once and then use them repeatedly without manually defining styles each time you create a new project.

Step 1: Customize your styles

Once a project is opened in HelpNDoc, click the arrow in the lower-right hand corner of the Styles section of the Write ribbon tab.

This displays your Styles settings window where you can customize existing styles and create new ones.

Export styles

Step 2: Export Styles

Once you're done customizing the styles, click the Export button to save them to an external file.

This opens a window that allows you to select the location and name of the file. It is critical that you name the file "default.hns" and place it in the Styles folder you have defined in HelpNDoc's settings. By default, it is:

My Documents\HelpNDoc\Styles\default.hns

Click Save.

Close the styles dialog

This returns you to the Styles window.

Click OK to close it.

New project with custom style

Now when you create a new project, the Styles you had exported are available to use in the Styles menu. Instructions for applying styles to content are provided in another step-by-step guide.

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