Format Painter

Format Painter

A feature in Microsoft Word that applies a style from one part of the document to another. The text with the desired style (font, size, etc.) is highlighted and Format Painter (paint brush icon) is clicked. Whichever text is highlighted next is then changed to the desired style. See Microsoft Word.
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Use the Format Painter on the Home ribbon to copy the text format from one of the other buttons: With one of the existing buttons selected, click first on the Format Painter icon, then on the new button.
The new Format Painter copies the color, line weight and style, font and other attributes and applies them with one click to other objects.
Format Painter is a very handy tool for copying a format style from one place to another, but it seems to work with only one section at a time.
Yes, there is, but before I show you, I want readers to understand how to use Format Painter, which is in your Word and Excel toolbar and looks like a paintbrush.
Begin by highlighting the source word (or whatever it is) and then click on Format Painter.
Now to answer your question--how can you use the Format Painter on multiple sections of your document or spreadsheet without going back each time to copy the format source?
If you have developed a conditional format that you want to use in other cells, you can easily copy it using the Format Painter tool.
Germany, a CPA who works for the Department of Defense and has a small private practice, suggested an even simpler way: Double-click (rather than single-click) the Format Painter in the toolbar.
The Format Painter in the toolbar is helpful, but after a while it, too, gets to feel a bit clunky.
To copy a format from one part of a document to another (it works in both Excel and Word, by the way), highlight the cell or cells that have the format you want to copy, click on the Format Painter and then, with the cursor, swipe the text you want formatted.
Quattro Pro lacks the handy format painter function contained in both Excel and Lotus.