Quickly copy all formatting and reapply with Format Painter

icon for Format Painter

Microsoft Office programs offer the Format Painter button that copies formatting from one object and applies its style to another or to many other objects. It leaves the content alone. Format Painter can be used on a variety of content: text and paragraphs, table and spreadsheet cells, shapes and slides.

How to do it: context for Format Painter

  1. Select the text or object whose formatting you like.
  2. On the Home toolbar, single click the Format Painter.
  3. Click on or select the text or object you want to reformat.  Ta da!


  • To copy paragraph formatting (such as alignment, indentation, spacing, etc.) in addition to font formatting, make sure to include selecting the hard return that ends the paragraph. paragraph symbol
  • To apply the same formatting to multiple objects (for example, several headings throughout a paper), double-click the Format Painter.  Select all of the destinations for the formatting; then click the Format Painter again to turn it off.


Get those bibliographies in order!

is an online tool that helps you collect citation information, keep track of your sources, take online note attached to appropriate sources, and, when you are ready, generate a polished references list or bibliography in APA, MLA, or Chicago/Turabian styles. Keep a separate folder for each project. You must create an individual account (free) to access all features.
Need CSE citations instead? Try SourceAid Citation Builder, then download or email the formatted citations–no online storage of the lists.

EBSCO improves ability to browse a journal issue

Have you ever wanted to peruse an entire issue of an electronic journal in a way similar to how you can a physical copy? It can be clunky. Now, when journals are in PDF format in one of our many EBSCO databases, the issue’s full contents will list on the left side of the screen with one open article displaying on the right. Hover the cursor over one of the article titles to see the full title, and simply click to move to another place in the issue. Don’t understand? Check out this demo.
A key technical point to make this work: your browser must have the most recent version of the Acrobat Reader plugin installed. You should be prompted to download it when necessary, and make sure that your browser allows the download–the notice that it has blocked it can be very subtle in the browser bar.

Accessing the Terminal Server

You can access your H, P, and K drives as well as specialized programs such as Photoshop, Geometer’s Sketchpad, Dreamweaver, and more from off campus! rdc_programs.jpg

PC Users:
Go to Start > Programs > Accessories > Remote Desktop Connection.
If you are using Windows XP, you may need to go into Communications within Accessories to locate the program. Once the program has started, use the steps for everyone (below) to connect to WOU’s terminal servers.

Mac users:
You may need to download the free Remote Desktop Connection software from Mactopia
(the download link is at the bottom of that page). Once it is installed, locate Remote Desktop Connection in the
Applications Folder and double click on it. Once the program has started, use the steps for everyone (below) to connect to WOU’s terminal servers.


  1. In the Remote Desktop Connection window, in the “Computer:” field, type:
  2. Click Connect. You may get a message asking if you trust
    the connection. That is normal, go ahead and click on Connect.
  3. In the Log On to Windows box, type in your paw print user name and
    and change the domain to MASH. Then click
  4. When you are done, end your session by clicking on Start then Shut Down
    in your Remote Desktop Connection window.
  5. In the Shut Down Windows dialog box, select Log Off, and then click OK.

Need to access your USB drive or printer while using Remote Desktop? Use these instructions.