Make Of­fice Bet­ter

Make text-for­mat­ting easy

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It’s easy to for­mat text (for ex­am­ple, change font style and size, bold up, ital­i­cise, un­der­line and change colours) in Word doc­u­ments. There are two easy ways to for­mat mul­ti­ple pas­sages of text quickly. The first way is to se­lect text whose for­mat­ting you want to ap­ply else­where in your doc­u­ment. Next, click the For­mat Painter (brush) icon at the top left of the Home tab. Sim­ply se­lect the other pas­sages of text you want to ap­ply this for­mat­ting style to.

If you use spe­cific text for­mat­ting of­ten, then it’s a good idea to cre­ate a new Word style based on it. Once you’ve done this, you can sim­ply high­light any text you want, then se­lect this style to ap­ply it.

To do this, first high­light some text with the for­mat­ting you use of­ten. Click the small drop­down menu at the bot­tom right of the Styles sec­tion of the Home tab (see screen­shot), click ‘Save Se­lec­tion as a New Quick Style’, then give your style a name. You’ll now see a pre­view of how it looks. If you’re happy with it, click OK and the style you cre­ated will ap­pear as the first op­tion in the Styles sec­tion.

Mi­crosoft’s mo­bile ver­sion of Cor­tana can show the no­ti­fi­ca­tions from your Win­dows 10 PC on your An­droid phone or iphone. Down­load the free Cor­tana app (An­droid:, IOS: and then sign in with your Mi­crosoft ac­count de­tails. You’ll need to tap Al­low when Cor­tana re­quests ac­cess to your con­tacts, cal­en­dar and lo­ca­tion, or some as­pects of the syn­chro­ni­sa­tion process won’t work.

Now, when­ever an alert is trig­gered by Cor­tana on your PC — per­haps a re­minder to bring some­thing home when you’re out and about — that no­ti­fi­ca­tion will ap­pear on your phone or tablet. This is a twoway street, so you should also see a no­ti­fi­ca­tion on your PC when you re­ceive a text mes­sage on your phone.

To man­age how and where no­ti­fi­ca­tions ap­pear in the An­droid app, tap the menu but­ton (three hor­i­zon­tal lines) fol­lowed by Set­tings. On iphones, tap Set­tings (on your de­vice’s home­screen), No­ti­fi­ca­tions, then Cor­tana. Switch off ‘Show on Lock Screen’ to keep them pri­vate when your de­vice is locked (see screen­shot).

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