The best tools, the ones that you use all the time are often the simplest, and that's the case with Word's Format Painter. It's practical, powerful, and really easy to use. This lesson gets you started. You use the Format Painter when you have some text that's formatted, and you'd like to copy that format to other text. So the thing to do is to select the text that is formatted, and you go up here in the Home tab, in the Clipboard Group there's the Format Painter and it looks like a little paintbrush there. And you click that once, then you go over here and you can paint this other text with that format.
One easy way to paint a whole line is just to click there on the side. You could see it formats the second line exactly like the first one. You can also use it just to format a little bit of text, so we could just take a couple a words in here and format those words that way. And then, the other thing that you can do with the Format Painter is, you can take the source formatting from one place and copy it to several different places and they don't have to be contiguous. The thing to do is, select the text that has the format you want, double-click on the Format Painter, and you'll notice that it stays highlighted when I do that. And then I can Copy my format to other paragraphs or other words. And it keeps on working until I come up here and turn it off. So, in this lesson, you saw how to use the Format Painter. You can use it to copy formatting from one bit of text to another. You also learn that you can lock the Format Painter on by double-clicking on its button.
- Exploring the Ribbon
- Creating a document from a template
- Saving different file formats
- Editing text with Cut, Copy, and Paste
- Adding tab stops to the ruler
- Finding and replacing text
- Working with header and footer text
- Using Word styles
- Creating bulleted and numbered lists
- Adding a table of contents or index
- Restricting editing
- Printing documents, envelopes, and labels
Skill Level Beginner
1. Understanding Word and Its User Interface
2. Working with Text
3. Setting Up Your Document
4. Changing the View
5. Formatting Words and Paragraphs
6. Adding Media to Documents
7. Working with Long Documents
8. Collaborating with Others
9. Printing and Sharing Documents
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