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If I understand Text format as being one of your personal paragraph styles and nothing happens when you try to style your block of text, then your block of text may perhaps by "polluted" by direct formatting, i.e. formatting applied outside styles (with menu or toolbar button).

Before applying your custom style, with the block of text selected (preferentially the whole paragraph(s)), clear direct formatting with Format>Clear direct formatting or Ctrl+M

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If I understand Text format as being one of your personal paragraph styles and nothing happens when you try to style your block of text, then your block of text may perhaps by be "polluted" by direct formatting, i.e. formatting applied outside styles (with menu or toolbar button).

Before applying your custom style, with With the block of text selected (preferentially the whole paragraph(s)), clear direct formatting with Format>Clear direct formatting or Ctrl+M

If this answer helped you, please accept it by clicking the check mark ✔ to the left and, karma permitting, upvote it. If this resolves your problem, close the question, that will help other people with the same question.