Is there something like a Format Painter feature that copies the formats of one part of the text to other parts?

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Is there something like a Format Painter feature that copies the formats of one part of the text to other parts?


OpenOffice.org 2 and later:

Yes, use the Format Paintbrush icon in the Standard toolbar.

OpenOffice.org 1:

There are two possibilities within OOo Writer.

For the first, follow these steps:

  • Make the changes that you want, then, with the cursor still in the paragraph, open the Stylist and then you can either
    • Highlight a portion of the text, hold down the left mouse button and drag the text over the style name then release the mouse button, or
    • Left click on the very far right icon in the Stylist header. This icon is called Update Style.
  • Now, if the changes you have made haven't been transferred already to the other relevant parts of your text, click on the Fill Format icon in the Stylist, which is the third from the right. The button is a toggle - so click once to turn the feature on, and click again to turn it off.
  • Once it is on, select the style from the list to which you've just made the changes, then click into the text area that you want to change.

Another solution would be to actually add a button that acts like a format painter: It's an unofficial, but excellent addon written by the Francophone project. It adds two paintbrush icons to the tool bar, which copy and paint styles. Get it from here: [1]

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