You've formatted some text within your document and now you want to apply the same formatting somewhere else. It can be difficult to remember what font, size, color, etc. you used. But wait! You don’t need to! You can just use the Format Painter.
Instead of having to manually apply the font, font effects, centered paragraph alignment, and other formatting to each new section heading, you can quickly copy all of the formatting attributes by using one toolbar button. You’ll find the Format Painter tool in your standard toolbar The Format Painter tool looks like a paintbrush on your Standard toolbar. Select or highlight the text you want to copy. On the Standard toolbar, click Format Painter . Select the text you want to apply the formatting to. -The text takes on the new formatting.
It's as simple as that! You can save yourself a lot of time and headaches with this awesome tool!
(You can find this full post and more at http://teacherweb.com/MA/Holliston/mrscarey/ap2.stm. Thank you for this great tip!)