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Copy and Clear Formatting

How to Copy and Clear Formatting in Google Docs

Copy and Clear Formatting

Once you get some text formatted just right, save yourself time applying the formats elsewhere by copying the formatting to other parts of the document. The format painter copies the character formatting (like bolding, font color, or italics) and paragraph formatting (like line spacing or indentation) of the selected text so that you can quickly apply it somewhere else.

Copy Text Formatting

  1. Select the formatted text you want to copy.
  2. Click the Paint format button.

    The cursor changes to a paintbrush, indicating that the format painter is ready.

  3. Select the text you want to apply formatting to.
    Copy and Clear Formatting

The formatting is applied to the selected text and the format painter turns off.

Copy Formatting to Multiple Items

If you want to copy the formatting to multiple areas, you can keep the Paint format button turned on.

  1. Select the formatted text you want to copy.
  2. Double-click the Paint format button.
  3. Select the text you want to apply formatting to.
  4. Continue applying the copied formatting to other text in the document.

  5. Click the Paint format button to turn it off.
    Copy and Clear Formatting

Clear Formatting

If you think the formatting has gotten out of control, you can always clear the formatting to start fresh.

  1. Select the text with formatting you want to clear.
  2. Click Format on the menu bar.
  3. Select Clear formatting.
    Copy and Clear Formatting

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