Use the Format Painter

You can use the Format Painter on the Home tab to apply text formatting and some basic graphics formatting, such as borders and fills.

  1. Select the text or graphic that has the formatting that you want to copy.

    Note   If you want to copy text formatting, select a portion of a paragraph. If you want to copy text and paragraph formatting, select an entire paragraph, including the paragraph mark.

  2. On the Home tab, in the Clipboard group, click Format Painter.

    Word Ribbon Image

    The pointer changes to a paintbrush icon.

    Note   Double-click the Format Painter button if you want to change the format of multiple selections in your document.

  3. Select the text or graphic that you want to format.

  4. To stop formatting, press ESC.


  • For graphics, the Format Painter works best with drawing objects, such as AutoShapes. However, you can copy formatting from a picture (such as the picture's border).

  • The Format Painter cannot copy the font and font size on WordArt text.

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