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Using the Format Paintbrush in OpenOffice

Posted By Kevin On January 12, 2011 @ 12:46 PM In OpenOffice | 2 Comments

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

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 changed.


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 Paintbrush.
That 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

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