How to modify single line of text without changing style

Apologies if I am being dim but every time I search for this information I only find reams of information about how to modify styles. I’ve looked in the help files too and can’t see it. Possibly I am using Word terms when I search and that’s why I’m not finding it.

I understand the concepts of styles and use them all the time for large documents but I have times, when I am using writer for a quick note where I don’t want to create separate styles, I just want to right align 1 or 2 lines of text.

My experience with an out of the box writer setup is that where I have defined a style - let’s call it text body, because I want that to be separate from default style which I use for most of my documents - and I use that as a base for a document, if I then use any of the properties panes or toolbars to change a paragraph to right align, then everything in the document with that style gets changed to right alignment.

Surely this isn’t right? Shouldn’t the paragraph section of the properties box (or the toolbar) apply direct formatting to the text without impacting the style, whereas the styles box would apply a new style.

Is there perhaps an option setting somewhere that I am missing to modify the behaviour.

Any pointers in the right direction gratefully received.

On the Organizer tab of the paragraph style dialog box is an option AutoUpdate. Remove the tick mark if it’s there.

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Many thanks. That is buried well! Took me 5 minutes to find the dialogue box.

I don’t recall setting the option, but maybe I had a heading style highlighted when I created the first new style as it appears to create new from existing not default. I see why you might want this for a heading style but for most styles I would think this is pretty meaningless. As you have to understand the behaviour anyway surely better to have to manually update a style than risk such confusion.

Thanks again.