June 2008, V7#6: Computer Saturday, Jan 3 2009 

MS Office – Format Paint

A good thing (in my book) is when you can get away with setting variables once and not having to do it again. To that end, I bring up the “format paint” option.
 
If you have a paragraph (or several) that are formatted just right and one (or more) that are not. Try using format paint:
Format Paint Illustration
Place your cursor in a paragraph that is formatted great.
Go up and click the button, just right of “paste”.
Next, highlight all the text you want formatted properly. This should make the highlighted text format correctly as you have “painted” it with the great format.
This doesn’t work with all formatting items, especially the advanced ones, but it does most everything found on the formatting tool bar – font size, type, underline, etc.
 
The paint only works for the next cursor placement. If you want to repeat the format paint – such as changing the person headline on each page, double click the format paint button. Everywhere your cursor highlights will reflect the new format until you either hit your Esc key, or double click the paint button again.

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April 2003, V2#4: Computer Thursday, Dec 25 2008 

Microsoft Word
Make your program stop underlining/linking web information.

Ever wish your computer wouldn’t try to help you so much?  Get tired of typing an email or web page address out only to have it underline and turn blue or a strange color?  Here’s what to do!

A quick fix is once the information that has been typed has gone blue, just hit the delete button once, it will “un-blue/link” without deleting text.  

If you wish it wouldn’t happen at all, here is what you do: 

  • From pull down menus on top, select format

  • From menu select auto format

  • From auto format, choose options button

  • From options box choose “auto format as you type” tab

  • Under “replace as you type” (middle section) click the bottom box –
    deselecting “internet and network paths with hyperlinks”

  • Choose OK, then OK

This information is provided on MS Word 2000, if your version differs, instructions may be a bit different, but you should be able to get it figured out with the instructions above.