Copying Formatting With the Clone Formatting Tool

Use the Clone Formatting tool to copy formatting from a text selection or from an object and apply the formatting to another text selection or object.

  1. Select the text or object whose formatting you want to copy.

  2. On the Standard Bar, click the Clone Formatting icon. The mouse cursor will change to a paint bucket.

  3. Select or click the text or object that you want to apply the formatting to.


If you want to apply the formatting to more than one selection, double-click the Clone Formatting icon Icon. After you apply all the formatting, click the icon again.

By default only the character formatting is copied ; to include paragraph formatting, hold down when you click. To copy only the paragraph formatting, hold down +Shift when you click.


In Calc, the Clone Formatting tool only copies formatting applied using the Format - Cells dialog or other equivalent methods. Therefore, any formatting applied directly to characters by selecting text inside a cell and then going to the Format - Character dialog will not be copied using the Clone Formatting tool.

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 Clone Formatting tool can copy:

चयन की क़िस्म


कुछ भी चयनित नहीं है, परंतु संकेतक पाठ परिच्छेद के अंदर है

वर्तमान अनुच्छेद के फ़ॉर्मेटिंग तथा पाठ प्रवाह दिशा में अगले अक्षर के अक्षर फ़ॉर्मेटिंग की नक़ल बनाता है.

पाठ चुना गया है

अंतिम चयनित अक्षर तथा जहाँ अक्षर है उस अनुच्छेद के फ़ॉर्मेटिंग की नक़ल करता है.

फ्रेम चुना गया है

Copies the frame attributes that are defined in Format - Frame and Object - Properties dialog. The contents, size, position, linking, hyperlinks, and macros in the frame are not copied.

वस्तु चुना गया है

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.

फ़ॉर्म नियंत्रण चुना गया है

Not supported

ड्राइंग वस्तु चयनित हैं

सभी फ़ॉर्मेटिंग गुणों की नक़ल बनाता है. इम्प्रेस तथा ड्रा में, वस्तु की पाठ सामग्रियाँ भी नक़ल की जाती हैं.

Text within Calc cells is selected

Not supported

राइटर तालिका या कक्ष चयनित हैं

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.

कॅल्क तालिका या कक्ष चयनित हैं

Copies cell formatting specified using the Format - Cells dialog.

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