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Bug 86310 - [EDITING] Copy/paste formatting only with Ctrl+Shift+C and Ctrl+Shift+V or Ctrl+Alt+V
Summary: [EDITING] Copy/paste formatting only with Ctrl+Shift+C and Ctrl+Shift+V or C...
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
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Inherited From OOo
Hardware: All All
: medium enhancement
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Blocks: Shortcuts-Accelerators Writer-Enhancements Clipboard
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Reported: 2014-11-15 14:23 UTC by Henrik
Modified: 2017-07-04 05:24 UTC (History)
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Description Henrik 2014-11-15 14:23:17 UTC
In MS Word it's possible to copy and paste only the formatting (like the format paintbrush) with the keyboard shortcuts Ctrl+Shift+C and Ctrl+Shift+V.

This would be a very useful feature to have in LO Writer too.
Comment 1 Cor Nouws 2014-11-15 15:13:00 UTC
Hi Hendrik,

Thanks for filing the idea.

In Calc you can do that with Ctrl+C and then Ctrl+Shift+V and the proper choice...
Ctrl+Shift+V is already in use for paste special in all modules. But one could look for an alternative.
Personally I would not like it, because I propose the use of styles, and making direct formatting even more easy, is something I would not advise ;)

Would you know an alternative suggestion in stead of Ctrl+Shift+V ?

[On the technical side: why should both Ctrl+Shift+C and Ctrl+Shift+V be needed?
If you create the code to copy only formatting (Ctrl+Shift+C) then pasting pastes just that?? If you change the code so that pasting with Ctrl+Shift+V only pastes formatting, you can read that from the clip board??]

Best,
Cor
Comment 2 Henrik 2014-11-15 19:43:02 UTC
Thanks for the feedback. 
You have some good points there.

An example of a use case where this feature makes more sense than using styles is when doing textual analysis, or any other situation where you have to mark up recurring and similar words in a chunk of text using different text colours, differently coloured highlighting, and differently coloured borders. In such a case it is too much work to create 10-20 different styles that you will only use 2-5 times each.

As you said, it wouldn't make sense to both copy and paste only the formatting, so I would agree that the function/short cut to paste only formatting is the best solution. 

Could the shortcut combination be Ctrl+Alt+V?
As far as I can see that is an unused combination.
Comment 3 Cor Nouws 2014-11-16 15:35:06 UTC
(In reply to Henrik from comment #2)
> As you said, it wouldn't make sense to both copy and paste only the
> formatting, so I would agree that the function/short cut to paste only
> formatting is the best solution. 

Lets see..
 
> Could the shortcut combination be Ctrl+Alt+V?

I think so.
Comment 4 Cor Nouws 2014-11-16 15:37:57 UTC
(In reply to Henrik from comment #2)

 ( 

> An example of a use case where this feature makes more sense than using
> styles is when doing textual analysis, or any other situation where you have
> to mark up recurring and similar words in a chunk of text using different
> text colours, differently coloured highlighting, and differently coloured
> borders. In such a case it is too much work to create 10-20 different styles
> that you will only use 2-5 times each.

Side note: when you active the Character styles, and then at left siderclick the arrow > New style from selection... it's pretty fast to create one.

 )
Comment 5 Urmas 2014-11-18 07:20:51 UTC
Of course MSWord copies run/para formats with that feature.
Comment 6 cgpanda 2014-12-25 12:26:48 UTC
I love this function, use the CTRL+Shift+C and CTRL+Shift+V to Copy/Paste Format in the MS office, and very hope the libreoffice could to add this function;

this function is very useful and handly, much more faster than the format painter tool, its one cool function, Hope to add this :D
Comment 7 RimersburgBoro 2015-11-12 14:10:29 UTC
Dell 9210 AIO, x64; Windows 10 Pro

Bug 86310 Seems since last update, editing cannot paste what has been cut or copied using mouse or toolbar. Did discover through this bug report will work using ctrl c and ctrl v. Paste options do not show as available with right click mouse and are shaded out under Edit in the toolbar. Do not remember experiencing this problem before last update. What is being done, please - fix? Thanks!
Comment 8 stephen.lewis 2016-02-07 01:18:57 UTC
This is literally the only feature that makes me continue to go back to using MS Word instead of LibreOffice. It makes editing and fixing formatting in other writer's documents a million times easier. None of the alternatives proposed are anywhere near as convenient or as fast as using Ctrl-Shift-C and Ctrl-Shift-V in Word.
One use case that makes a lot of difference is when I copy the formatting from a list with bullets. It saves the formatting indefinitely with just one Ctrl-Shift-C. I can then apply the same formatting easily to all other bullet lists in the document or slide show simply by highlighting and pressing Ctrl-Shift-V. I can past the formatting this way repeatedly with out having to go back and copy it each time.
Styles is definitely the way to go, but the Ctrl-Shift-C and Ctrl-Shift-V functionality makes it much easier to use Styles, too.
I would also concur that Ctrl-Alt-V would be suitable. It's the functionality I miss - the keys don't matter.
Comment 9 Cor Nouws 2016-02-07 18:12:25 UTC
(In reply to stephen.lewis from comment #8)
> ....  It makes editing and fixing formatting
> in other writer's documents a million times easier. ....

Are you sure it's only that little ;)