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Using Format Painter Microsoft Office 2007

    Formatting can be simple, such as underlining text, or fairly complicated, such as underlining text while also changing its font and font size. After you format one chunk of text a certain way, you may want to format other parts of your document the exact same way.

    Although you could take time to format text manually, it's much easier to use Format Painter instead. Format Painter tells Word, "See the way I formatted that chunk of text over there? Apply that same formatting to a new chunk of text."

    To use Format Painter, follow these steps:

    1. Click the Home tab.

    2. Select the text that contains the formatting you want to copy.

    3. Click the Format Painter icon, as shown in Figure 5-15.

    4. Select the text that you want to format. (Move the mouse pointer over the beginning of the text you want to format, hold down the left mouse button, and drag the mouse until you reach the end of the text you want to format.)

    Word applies your formatting to your text.

Format Painter Microsoft Office 2007

    Figure 5-15:

    After you choose the Format Painter command, the mouse pointer turns into a paintbrush icon.


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