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Copying Paragraph Formatting with the Mouse

Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Word 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Word, click here: Copying Paragraph Formatting with the Mouse.

Often it is beneficial to copy paragraph formatting from one place in your document to another. Word provides a quick way you can do this by using the mouse:

  1. Select the paragraph whose formatting you want to copy.
  2. Click on the Format Painter tool on the toolbar.
  3. Using the mouse, select the paragraph you want formatted.

You can also copy the same format repeatedly by double clicking the Format Painter tool in step 2. You will then be able to apply the same formatting until you turn off format painting by clicking on the tool one more time or by pressing Esc.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (1119) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Word (Word 2007 and later) here: Copying Paragraph Formatting with the Mouse.

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Ned Tugent    20 Apr 2015, 18:42
This is virtually useless w/o an image of the format painter icon
Allan Corfield    08 Mar 2012, 22:36
If you are using a mouse, triple clicking inside a paragraph will select the whole paragraph.

That is also a useful trick to discover whether a slab of text is a single paragraph (^p) or has embedded newlines (^l). Triple clicking will select the entire paragraph, new lines (^l) included.

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