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AtlanTips: Formatting tables with Format Brush




The Format Brush can be used to transfer table formatting (borders, shading, etc.) between table portions or separate tables. This can be done in 3 simple steps:

1. Select the table portion whose formatting you want to replicate: single or multiple cells, single or multiple rows, even the whole table.

2. Click the "Format Brush" button on the "Font" toolbar:

The 'Format Brush' toolbar button

3. Use the mouse to select the target cell(s), row(s), or table to which you want to apply the source formatting.

Press the Esc key, or click the "Format Brush" button on the "Font" toolbar again, when you have finished transferring table formatting.


Here are a few examples:

Copying formatting of a table cell to another cell

Select the source cell:

Select cell

 

Select cell

Click the "Format Brush" button on the "Font" toolbar:

The 'Format Brush' toolbar button

Select the target cell:

Select cell

 

Formatted cell

Copying formatting of a table cell to multiple cells

Select the source cell:

Select cell

 

Select cell

Click the "Format Brush" button on the "Font" toolbar:

The 'Format Brush' toolbar button

Select the target cells:

Select cells

 

Formatted cells

Copying formatting of a table row to another row

Select the source row:

Select row

 

Select row

Click the "Format Brush" button on the "Font" toolbar:

The 'Format Brush' toolbar button

Select the target row:

Select row

 

Formatted row

Copying formatting of entire table to another table

Source table

Select the source table:

Select table

Click the "Format Brush" button on the "Font" toolbar:

The 'Format Brush' toolbar button

Select the target table:

Select table

 

Formatted table