How to Use the Style Designer Window

The Style Designer is a great tool within the data analyst role to easily create and update styles in documents. Using the styles and their associated designs you can instantly change the overall look of the entire document. To do this, first make a style and then open the properties dialog box for that style. You will then see an array of different styles which each represent a single visual theme or “style” of the document or application.

Style Designer

Within the dialog box you will see many different options for styling your documents such as font, color, style, outline style, aligners and fillers. These are all relative to the current theme or “look and feel” of your document. You can modify each of these items to match the current preferences of your document. Once you have completed this step you will be able to apply your new style to your document. The following image shows the Style Designer window:

In addition to modifying the style of your document with the Style Designer, the data analyst has access to all of the built-in functions and commands that allow you to manipulate the documents in ways that are only possible with the use of CSS and the Map Style Sheet Language (MSPL). These commands are helpful for creating tables, navigation and buttons, and applying transforms and animations to your images, documents and other objects within your document. For example, using the Map Style Sheet Language you can create a basic map with various color variations by using the map style command and specifying the color map. As an example, if you wanted to include a horizontal line across the top of a document, enter the map-style command and change the default color of the line to green so that when you click on it the text is changed to green. This same command can be modified to produce a vertical “zoom” effect when the mouse pointer is hovered above the specified location.