Bold, Italics, Underline, and Format Painter

Format text to improve Word documents. Learn how to use the Format Painter, as well as bold, underline, and italics.

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The Format Painter is somewhat unreliable. If the text you selected in the first step contains several formatting characteristics, Word copies only the formatting characteristics the entire chunk of text has in common. For example, if you select text that is Arial font, bold, and blue, Word formats your new text with the only shared formatting characteristic: the Arial font.