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    Format Painter vs. Pick up Style (2000)

    Can anyone provide me with differences between the Format Painter and the Pick Up Style & Apply style buttons in PowerPoint (can be added when customizing toolbar). I don't seem to see the real difference in their functionality - but it would be odd to have 2 commands that pretty much do the same thing - so I must be missing something ??? Any advice?

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    Re: Format Painter vs. Pick up Style (2000)

    Don't know the answer to this for certain, but could the style referred to by the icon be the presentation style as defined in Tools | Options | Spelling and Style then Check Style | Style Options rather than the formatting of an object/text, say?
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    Re: Format Painter vs. Pick up Style (2000)

    You are absolutely right, both commands do <font color=red>exactly</font color=red> the same thing (you can check it out in the VBA). I think the continuation of the Pick Up Style & Apply style buttons is just a "left over" from older versions of PPT. The Format Painter was a "new" development a couple of versions ago - I forget when it was introduced. Obviously, they decided to keep it in case they needed it.
    What was the advantage of the FormatPainter? - a consistent function across the office suite and only one button on the toolbar instead of two <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>.

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    Re: Format Painter vs. Pick up Style (2000)

    Ok, so it wasn't just me! Thanks, your reply makes sense.

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    Re: Format Painter vs. Pick up Style (2000)

    There does seem to be a small difference between the 2.

    With the format painter (which, as was pointed out, is used in other office pgms so it may be a desire for consistency), you use it in 2 modes:
    1. single "paint"
    - select an item
    - click format painter
    - paint another item to apply the style of the first item (kind of like Excel's paste special | format)
    2. multiple "paints"
    - select an item
    - double click the format painter
    - paint one item, then another, then another... all of which get the style of the selected item (also a little like Excel's paste special | format but you have to be careful not to "deselect" the selected item bcs of the strange way Excel handles the clipboard)

    BUT, with #2, you can't do anything in between - all your paintings have to be consecutive.

    WIth the pick up and apply, you can do #2 with one important extension - the paintings don't have to be consecutive. So I can pick up a style, select another item, and apply the picked up style. Then I can type some new material, select it, and apply the previously-picked up style. With the format painter, I'd have to have all the stuff already typed - to get out of the "painting mode", I have to hit escape or click the format painter again. Once I do that, the "paint" is gone.

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    Re: Format Painter vs. Pick up Style (2000)

    good call!
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