Quickly Copying Formatting

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated January 9, 2014)

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It can be a hassle, at times, to get your document formatted exactly the way you want it to appear. Fortunately, Docs includes a handy tool that can make the process much faster: the Paint Format tool. This catchy name was selected because it describes accurately what the tool does—it allows you to "paint" formatting from one text selection to another.

In order to use the tool, follow these steps:

  1. Select the text whose format you want to copy. (If you want to copy the formatting of an entire paragraph, just click once in the paragraph.)
  2. Click once on the Paint Format tool, which looks like a paint roller. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The Paint Format tool.

  4. Select the text where you want the format copied. (If you are copying the formatting to an entire paragraph, just click once in the target paragraph.)

That's it; the format is copied as you directed. If you didn't get the results you wanted, press Ctrl+Z or click the Undo tool immediately after using Paint Format. You can then go back and try the steps again until you get just the formatting you want.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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What is eight more than 2?

2014-01-09 13:37:53

Lew Hundley

FYI, when viewing this as a tool, I would consider it to have something to do with pictures or shapes; throwback to the MS Paint tool. Of course, the majority of Drive users are probably too young to be confused by this.

Good tip.