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Using the Format Paintbrush in OpenOffice

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011 by | Filed Under: OpenOffice

Here’s one of the most useful
items that I’ve ever found in the programs of any office suite… it’s the Format

This little gem can save
you tons of time when it comes to formatting fonts, cells, paragraphs, etc.

Here’s how it works.

Let’s say you’ve got some
text that you’ve spent a lot of time making “beautiful”. You’ve changed
the font, the font size or maybe applied a text style to it.

Whatever you’ve done, you
really love it.

Too bad you completed all
the formatting steps for just this one area of selected text, because now there are
other sections of the file where you want to make those same changes.

Do you move from place to
place and start the process each time you get there?

No, let’s hope not!

Here’s how the Format Paintbrush
can save you a lot of time and pain.

-Simply place your
cursor in a word that has the formatting
you’re looking to apply elsewhere.

-Now click the Format
Paintbrush button

-Go to the location
where the formatting should be applied
and highlight everything to be


When you release the mouse
button, the text will not change but the formatting of the text will now be exactly
the same as the place where you started, and the Formatting Paintbrush feature
has been turned off.

Need to take that formatting
to multiple places?

-Double-click the Format
will turn the feature on for multiple uses…

-Move through the document
and select any text to be changed one area after another.

-You’ll be able to continue
clicking in different places until you turn the feature off by either clicking
the Format Paintbrush button again
or hitting the Esc key.

That’s all there is to it…
formatting that’s so good, it’s worth repeating can now be repeated without an
investment of time or energy.

~ April


3 Responses to “Using the Format Paintbrush in OpenOffice”

  1. Antonia Adamson-Springett says:

    This is so clever! There are all those little icons on the top when you are working on a document, but who the heck really knows how to utilize them to their fullest! Thanks as I will have a lot of fun with this.

  2. Malcolm says:

    THANK YOU! In the past, with older versions of M$ Office, I have used and to acheive the same result but have never discovered how to do it in OpenOffice. You have just saved me HEAPS of time, as I try to avoid M$ products wherever possible

  3. Polb says:

    What a stupid design from OOO. Thank you very much however for this information. We still have to do with what exists.

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