Clone Formatting should not exit multiple-selection mode when the user enters text; it should remain in multiple-selection mode until the paintbrush is clicked off, or until ESC is pressed. This way, a formatting style can follow the cursor throughout the document, so the user does not have to paste the formatting after typing in each new location.
Steps to Reproduce:
1.Double-click on the paintbrush to enter clone formatting multiple-selection
2.Click in cell2 and type with same format
3.Click on cell3, type more text
The format was not cloned onto cell3 because the multiple-selection mode was deactivated as soon as the user began typing into the cell. Consequently, the user must select clone formatting after each newly typed cell, or use multiple selection mode then identify each of the new cells and select them. Both work-arounds are tedious.
Clone Formatting Multiple-selection mode should persist until clicking on the paintbrush again, thus allowing formatted typing to follow the cursor until the user exits Clone Formatting mode deliberately by clicking on the paintbrush again.
User Profile Reset: No
Note that the Help does not mention that the clone formatting multiple selection mode will be disabled as soon as the user starts typing.
You can 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.
Note.png In Calc, the Clone Formatting tool only applies to cell formatting.
Select the text or object whose formatting you want to copy.
On the Standard Bar, click the Clone Formatting icon.
The cursor changes to a paint bucket.
If you want to apply the formatting to more than one selection, double-click the Clone Formatting icon
. After you apply all the formatting, click the icon again.
Select or click the text or object that you want to apply the formatting to.
Tip.png By default only the character formatting is copied ; to include paragraph formatting, hold down Ctrl when you click. To copy only the paragraph formatting, hold down Ctrl+Shift when you click.
The fix probably consists mainly of deleting lines of code rather than adding lines of code.
(In reply to documentfoundation from comment #0)
> ...... This way, a formatting
> style can follow the cursor throughout the document, so the user does not
> have to paste the formatting after typing in each new location.
> Steps to Reproduce:
> 1.Double-click on the paintbrush to enter clone formatting multiple-selection
> 2.Click in cell2 and type with same format
> 3.Click on cell3, type more text
I would try to use cell styles to format stuff in the first place, but.. I FWIW see no objection to the change of the behavior.
This new stickiness is not restricted to Calc it would apply also to Writer. You pick the yellow background from somewhere, put the cursor at places to write "inline comments" and type with the yellow background. Sounds reasonable. ONly drawback is for people who are familiar with the current workflow and expect the duplication to toggle off when typing. I think it's not too hard to learn that escape does the trick.