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How to Use the Excel Format Painter Shortcut

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 can be a real lifesaver when you need to apply the same formatting to multiple cells or ranges of cells.

To use the Format Painter, first select the cell or range of cells that have the formatting that you want to copy. Then, click the Home tab on the Excel ribbon, and click the Format Painter button in the Clipboard group. The mouse pointer will change to a paintbrush icon.

Now, click on the cell or range of cells that you want to apply the formatting to. The formatting will be applied instantly. If you want to apply the formatting to multiple cells or ranges, just keep clicking on the cells or ranges until you're done. To turn off the Format Painter, click the Esc key on your keyboard.

The Format Painter is a great time-saving shortcut to use in Excel, so next time you need to apply the same formatting to multiple cells, give it a try!

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