When using the "Clone Formatting" tool, as soon as the mouse button is released, the paintbrush function is "disbanded" and you must click the clone icon every time you want to clone formatting.
There is the "Double Click" on the Paintbrush icon to clone multiple times. I have not found a shortcut key that duplicates this function though.
The advantage with a "Paste Formatting" function, is the system keeps in memory the last text format that was copied. You can then perform other functions in between and re-execute the "Paste Formatting" function, and you then paste the format of what still is in memory.
I use this function quite a bit in Google Docs & Google Sheets (Ctrl + Alt + v).
Paste Formatting in only one instance
Paste Formatting in multiple instances, as long as format copied stays in memory.
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Do you mean with "Paste Formatting" to paste the styles and direct formatting from a copied source? If so, what happens when you copy a paragraph with style Citation and some words have a character style Emphasis and some are links with Internet Link. Or you copy two paragraphs, one with Citation the other with Source Text, plus a lot of bad direct formatting. How should that be applied to the target cursor?
in case of Clone Formatting it's clear, you take only the current cursor position.
That's actually a good question.
It could be the same functionality as with the "Clone Formatting". E.g. If a Non-formatted text and a bold text are in the same selection, then the clone tool is pressed, when pasted, the clone tool seems to ignore any format selected. It's too confusing to know what the user wants to paste, and I agree with that.
In Google Docs, they seem to have a different approach. I haven't quite figured out the logic behind the function. Sometimes some attributes get pasted and other times, others.
Let's not copy GDoc. It's pretty good at what it does - collaboration and simplicity - but not comparable as a full featured office suite / text processor.
The recommended workflow is to use sidebar, menu, or "formatting (styles)" toolbar to apply paragraph style for the whole content and the document structure (headings, citations etc.). And to use character style to highlight parts, eg. Strong Emphasis to make it bold. It's a more or less one-click interaction and everything beyond makes not much sense.
concur with a WF
The point is not to copy GDocs. The point is to have the best functionalities, regardless of where they come from. So far as I can tell LibreOffice Writer seems to be the best Word processor and this is one other functionality to make it even better.
However, it seems like the implementation of it is not gaining in popularity. That is Ok.