Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Font effects are best used for document headings and other decorative text.
The text effects covered in this section are in addition to the standard font-formatting text
Steal This Format!
It’s not a whisk broom, and you’d have to be old to think it’s a shaving brush. No, it’s a paintbrush.
Not only that, but it’s also a special paintbrush — one that steals text and paragraph formatting, by
borrowing it from one place in your document and splashing it down in another. It’s the Format
Painter, and here’s how it’s used:
1. Place the insertion pointer in the middle of the text that has the formatting you want to
The insertion pointer must be in the midst of the word, not in the exact middle but neither to the
left nor right of it. If it’s not right, this trick doesn’t work.
2. On the Home tab, click the Format Painter command button in the Clipboard
The cursor changes to a paintbrush/I-beam pointer, as depicted in the margin. This
special cursor is used to highlight and then reformat text in your document.
3. Hunt for the text you want to change.
4. Highlight the text.
Drag the mouse over the text you want to change — to “paint” it.
Voilà! The text is changed.
The Format Painter works with only character and paragraph formatting, not with page
I like to think of the format painter this way: You dip the paintbrush into the “paint”
of one format and then paint some text. So the first step is to click the mouse on the text that
contains the formatting paint. Then choose the Format Painter tool, and paint the text you want