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Chapter 7. Putting Text Tools to Work > Applying Quick Format Changes

Applying Quick Format Changes

Word 2003 includes a number of automatic features that help you control the formatting in your document. AutoFormatting, which enables you to add predesigned formats to paragraphs, headings, and tables, is covered in detail in the next part of the chapter. Here we’ll look at the Format Painter, which gives you the means to copy formats from place to place, and a new offering that enables you to copy formats without creating new styles to do it.

Automatic? Your Call

If you granted three wishes to experienced Word users, at the top of the list would be improved control over automatic features. Until you understand what’s going on behind the scenes with the various tools—including spelling, font choice, spacing, and more—you don’t often know where to go when Word begins indenting lists you don’t want indented, adding numbers you don’t want added, or swapping words against your will. Such is the downside of automated functionality.

But the good news is that you have control over those automatic features. You can turn each feature on and off and control the items you want Word to change on the fly. This chapter looks at each of these features individually and shows you how you can set them up to work most efficiently for you.



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