Microsoft Word has a very useful command for copying and pasting formatting. Ctrl+Shift+C and Ctrl+Shift+V

Is there such a command available in LibreOffice Writer? If not, is there some way of adding it?

  • Is Paste Special what you are looking for? I thought pasting preserved formatting by default. – Tom Brossman Dec 18 '12 at 9:56
  • No, not just Paste Special. Ctrl+Shift+C will just copy the formatting of the selected text. Ctrl+Shift+V will then copy the formatting onto the (some other) selected text. – arahant Dec 18 '12 at 10:54
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    There are quite a few features present in MS Office that aren't (yet) available in LibreOffice. Copying and pasting formats seems to be one of them. In both Calc and Writer, Ctrl+Shift+C is unassigned. You can see the "bindings" in Tools, Customize, Keyboard tab. And in both Calc and Writer, Ctrl+Shift+V is "paste special". I even checked the LibreOffice extensions site but came up empty. – user25656 Dec 18 '12 at 11:57

Format Paintbrush is your friend:

it is just next to Undo

You can set a (custom) shortcut key to it if you don‘t like clicking it: from the menu, choose Tools - Customize - Keyboard tab (a document must be opened)


There still (2018) is no keyboard shortcut / key combination to accomplish what you want. My current workaround is to draft the document in G Suite docs using the incredibly helpful keyboard combination control-alt-c. Perhaps the developers at Libreoffice could copy the code from G Suite docs, seeing as how it is open-source and all.

  • Yes.. Its a shame – Ashok Koyi Jul 9 '18 at 9:25

Standard ctrl + C carries cell color and everything in Libre Office Calc.
I like empty cells, but I am curious about that. I think the writer needs this.

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