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How to: Create New Linked Style

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This example explains how to create a linked style – a style that can be applied both to the character and paragraph, depending on the range to which it is applied.

To create such a style, perform the following steps:

  1. Create new paragraph style;
  2. Create new character style;
  3. Set the CharacterStyle.LinkedStyle to the newly created paragraph style, or set the ParagraphStyle.LinkedStyle property to the corresponding CharacterStyle object. It is sufficient to set only one of these properties.


All the actions should be performed using the SubDocument.BeginUpdate - SubDocument.EndUpdate paired methods. Otherwise, flickering might occur when starting the application.

View Example

Document document = server.Document;
document.AppendText("Line One\nLine Two\nLine Three");
ParagraphStyle lstyle = document.ParagraphStyles["MyLinkedStyle"];
if (lstyle == null)
    lstyle = document.ParagraphStyles.CreateNew();
    lstyle.Name = "MyLinkedStyle";
    lstyle.LineSpacingType = ParagraphLineSpacing.Double;
    lstyle.Alignment = ParagraphAlignment.Center;

    CharacterStyle lcstyle = document.CharacterStyles.CreateNew();
    lcstyle.Name = "MyLinkedCStyle";
    lcstyle.LinkedStyle = lstyle;

    lcstyle.ForeColor = System.Drawing.Color.DarkGreen;
    lcstyle.Strikeout = StrikeoutType.Single;
    lcstyle.FontSize = 24;
    document.SaveDocument("LinkedStyleSample.docx", DevExpress.XtraRichEdit.DocumentFormat.OpenXml);
    System.Diagnostics.Process.Start("explorer.exe", "/select," + "LinkedStyleSample.docx");