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How to Use the Format Painter to Change the Look of PowerPoint 2007 Text

When you’re in a hurry to change the look of text and reformat paragraphs on your PowerPoint 2007 slides, consider using the PowerPoint Format Painter. This nifty tool works something like a paintbrush. You drag it over text to copy formats from one place to another. Follow these instructions to use the Format Painter:


Click a place on a slide whose text and paragraph formats you want to copy elsewhere.

Click anywhere within the text and paragraph formats that you want to use again.


On the Home tab, double-click the Format Painter button.

You can find this button in the Clipboard group. The pointer changes into a paintbrush. Unless you double-click the Format Painter button, you can’t copy format to more than one place.


Drag the pointer across the part of a slide to which you want to copy the formats.

At the opposite end of the spectrum from the Format Painter button is the Clear All Formatting button on the Home tab. Select text and then click this button to strip part of a slide of all its formats, whatever they may be.

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