Ctrl+Shift+C, Ctrl+Shift+V: Copy, Paste Format in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint

Try this one in Microsoft Word or Microsoft PowerPoint: Select some text that has some formatting you like. Hit Ctrl+Shift+C to copy the formatting into the clipboard (nothing visible will happen).

Now scroll elsewhere and select some different text. Press Ctrl+Shift+V. Now that formatting you had copied is applied to the selected text. Magic!

4 thoughts on “Ctrl+Shift+C, Ctrl+Shift+V: Copy, Paste Format in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint”

  1. It’s the keyboard command for the “Format Painter” button. This has been around, along with hundreds more, for decades.

  2. I could not get Ctrl+Shift+V to work in any of the newest Microsoft suite products (word, excel, powerpoint). It however works great in my email and browser and Google products.

    I had to create a custom keyboard shortcut in Word to get it to work. In Powerpoint and Excel, I couldn’t find a way to create custom keyboard shortcuts so I had to create a ribbon button for pasting without formatting.

    I tried doing the CTRL+SHIFT+C copy function first, thinking you might need to do that for the Ctrl+Shift+V paste function to work, however that copy function did nothing (not even a normal copy).

    Am I missing something?

  3. There are some interesting cut-off dates on this article however I don’t know if I see all of them center to heart. There is some validity but I’ll take hold opinion till I look into it further. Good article , thanks and we would like extra! Added to FeedBurner as properly

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