Copying Attributes With the Format Paintbrush
You can use the Format Paintbrush tool to copy formatting from a text selection or from an object and apply the formatting to another text selection or object.
|In Calc, the Format Paintbrush only applies to cell formatting.|
- Select the text or object whose formatting you want to copy.
- On the Standard Bar, click the Format Paintbrush icon.
The cursor changes to a paint bucket.
If you want to apply the formatting to more than one selection, double-click the Format Paintbrush icon
- Select or click the text or object that you want to apply the formatting to.
|By default only the character formatting is copied ; to include paragraph formatting, hold down Ctrl when you click. To copy only the paragraph formatting, hold down Ctrl+Shift when you click.|
The paragraph formats are the formats applied to the whole paragraph. The character formats are those applied to a portion of the paragraph. For example, if you apply the bold format to a whole paragraph the bold format is a paragraph format. Then if you unbold a portion of this paragraph, the bold format is still a paragraph format but the portion you unbold has a "not bold" character format.
The following table describes the formatting attributes that the Format Paintbrush can copy:
|Type of Selection||Comment|
|Nothing selected, but cursor is inside a text passage||Copies the formatting of the current paragraph and the character formatting of the next character in the text flow direction.|
|Text is selected||Copies the formatting of the last selected character and of the paragraph that contains the character.|
|Frame is selected||Copies the frame attributes that are defined in Format - Frame dialog. The contents, size, position, linking, hyperlinks, and macros in the frame are not copied.|
|Object is selected||Copies the object formatting that is defined in the Format - Graphics or Format - Drawing Object dialogs. The contents, size, position, hyperlinks, and macros in the object are not copied.|
|Form control is selected||Not supported|
|Drawing object is selected||Copies all formatting attributes. In Impress and Draw, the text contents of the object is also copied.|
|Text within Calc cells is selected||Not supported|
|Writer table or cells are selected||Copies the formatting that is specified in Table, Text Flow, Borders, and Background tab pages in the Format - Table dialog. The paragraph and character formatting are also copied.|
|Calc table or cells are selected||Copies the formatting that is specified in the Format - Cells dialog as well as the formatting of the cell contents|