Modify styles in OneNote 2010

Apparently, you can't (according to the "Can Styles be Modified in OneNote 2010?" discussion in "Ask the Microsoft Community"). Also, the "Editing improvements" section in the "What's new in OneNote 2010" web page says the following:

  • Gallery of basic Styles OneNote 2010 adds a quick gallery of basic note-taking styles, such as Heading 1, 2, 3. While not intended to match the complexity of a word processor's style gallery, these basic styles provide a quick and easy way to apply a consistent structure and appearance to recurring types of notes (for example, class or meeting notes).

You can get an add-in that will allow you to customize the styles in Onenote. Haven't tried it myself but the comments indicate it works as stated.

Onetastic Custom Styles

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Versions available for Onenote 2010 32-bit and 64-bit

Yeah, the fact that styles can't be customized or re-ordered is annoying. However, it is actually possible to customize the "Normal" style's font characteristics.

Go to File, Options, General and then you can specify the font characteristics under Default font.

Also, you can apply the Normal style using the shortcut key Ctrl+Shift+N. I find this is useful for getting back to the regular style after using some special formatting.