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!

6 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.

    1. It’s not quite the same as the format painter button though; the format painter button switches off after you’ve used some other tool, so if you want to paste the style again you’ve got to click it again. This keyboard shortcut behaves like the clipboard in that it holds the formatting in memory – you can do all sorts of other stuff and still come back and hit CTRL+SHIFT+V minutes later and it’ll still work.

  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?

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