If you work with Microsoft Excel on a regular basis, you know how time-consuming it can be to format cells and ranges of cells just the way you want them. Luckily, Excel has a handy shortcut that can save you a lot of time and effort when formatting cells in your worksheets. This shortcut is called the format painter, and it allows you to quickly copy the formatting from one cell or range of cells and apply it to another cell or range of cells. In this article, we'll show you how to use the format painter shortcut in Excel so that you can format your cells more efficiently.
To use the format painter shortcut, first select the cell or range of cells that has the formatting that you want to copy. Then, click on the Home tab in the Excel ribbon. In the Clipboard group, click on the format painter button, which looks like a paintbrush. Once you've clicked on the format painter button, you can then select the cell or range of cells that you want to apply the formatting to. When you've made your selection, simply release the mouse button and the formatting will be applied.
If you want to apply the formatting to multiple cells or ranges of cells, you can double-click on the format painter button instead of single-clicking. This will keep the format painter active until you deactivate it by pressing the escape key on your keyboard. You can then click on as many cells or ranges of cells as you want and the formatting will be applied to all of them.
The format painter shortcut is a great time-saver if you need to apply the same formatting to multiple cells or ranges of cells in your Excel worksheets. Give it a try the next time you're formatting cells in Excel and see how much time you can save!