In word 2010 (or any version really) how do you get text's current color? I just end up having to approximate the color in the palette picker. There must be a better way.
One normally goes to
Anything more involved than that requires using VBA macros.
Another way to apply a currently used color (or any other text attribute) to additional text is to use the CopyFormat and PasteFormat commands. These were helpfully omitted from the ribbon in Office 2007 (which is what I'm using), but I believe they are on the Edit menu in previous versions. They are available in all (?) versions as the keyboard commands SHIFT-CTRL-C and SHIFT-CTRL-V (easy to remember if you use the standard keyboard commands for copying and pasting -- which is the same thing without the shift).
The method is simple:
You can use these commands to copy paragraph (as well as text) attributes. Just start by selecting a whole paragraph, then proceed as above.