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22 Excel Shortcut Format Painter Tips

If you work with Microsoft Excel on a regular basis, you know how important it is to be able to quickly format your data. The Format Painter is a great tool that allows you to quickly copy the formatting from one cell to another. Here are 22 tips to help you get the most out of this powerful tool.

1. To use the Format Painter, select the cell with the formatting you want to copy. Then, click the Home tab and click the Format Painter button in the Clipboard group.

2. The mouse pointer will change to a paintbrush. You can then click on the cell or range of cells you want to apply the formatting to.

3. If you want to apply the formatting to multiple cells, double-click the Format Painter button. Then, click on the first cell you want to apply the formatting to and drag to the last cell. Release the mouse button when you've selected the cells you want.

4. You can also apply the formatting to an entire row or column by selecting the row or column header. For example, to apply the formatting to an entire column, click on the column header. To apply the formatting to an entire row, click on the row header.

5. If you accidentally apply the formatting to a cell or range of cells you didn't want to, you can quickly undo it by pressing Ctrl+Z on your keyboard.

6. You can also use the Format Painter to copy formatting between two different workbooks. To do this, open both workbooks side by side. Then, select the cell with the formatting you want to copy in the first workbook. Click the Format Painter button. Then, click on the cell in the second workbook you want to apply the formatting to.

7. If you want to copy the formatting from an entire worksheet, you can do this by selecting the worksheet tab. Then, click the Format Painter button. Click anywhere on the worksheet you want to apply the formatting to.

8. You can also use the Format Painter to copy formatting from a chart. To do this, select the chart. Then, click the Format Painter button. Click on the chart or object you want to apply the formatting to.

9. If you want to copy the formatting from a PivotTable, select the PivotTable. Then, click the Format Painter button. Click on the cell in the PivotTable you want to apply the formatting to.

10. You can also use the Format Painter to copy conditional formatting. To do this, select the cell with the conditional formatting you want to copy. Then, click the Format Painter button. Click on the cell or range of cells you want to apply the conditional formatting to.

11. If you want to copy the formatting from a data validation drop-down list, select the cell with the data validation. Then, click the Format Painter button. Click on the cell or range of cells you want to apply the data validation to.

12. You can also use the Format Painter to copy the formatting from a cell with a comment. To do this, select the cell with the comment. Then, click the Format Painter button. Click on the cell or range of cells you want to apply the comment to.

13. If you want to copy the formatting from a cell with a hyperlink, select the cell with the hyperlink. Then, click the Format Painter button. Click on the cell or range of cells you want to apply the hyperlink to.

14. You can also use the Format Painter to copy the formatting from a cell with a data validation error. To do this, select the cell with the data validation error. Then, click the Format Painter button. Click on the cell or range of cells you want to apply the data validation error to.

15. If you want to copy the formatting from a cell with a formula error, select the cell with the formula error. Then, click the Format Painter button. Click on the cell or range of cells you want to apply the formula error to.

16. You can also use the Format Painter to copy the formatting from a cell with a number format. To do this, select the cell with the number format. Then, click the Format Painter button. Click on the cell or range of cells you want to apply the number format to.

17. If you want to copy the formatting from a cell with a date format, select the cell with the date format. Then, click the Format Painter button. Click on the cell or range of cells you want to apply the date format to.

18. You can also use the Format Painter to copy the formatting from a cell with a text format. To do this, select the cell with the text format. Then, click the Format Painter button. Click on the cell or range of cells you want to apply the text format to.

19. If you want to copy the formatting from a cell with a custom format, select the cell with the custom format. Then, click the Format Painter button. Click on the cell or range of cells you want to apply the custom format to.

20. You can also use the Format Painter to copy the formatting from a cell with a conditional format. To do this, select the cell with the conditional format. Then, click the Format Painter button. Click on the cell or range of cells you want to apply the conditional format to.

21. If you want to copy the formatting from a cell with a data validation, select the cell with the data validation. Then, click the Format Painter button. Click on the cell or range of cells you want to apply the data validation to.

22. You can also use the Format Painter to copy the formatting from a cell with a comment. To do this, select the cell with the comment. Then, click the Format Painter button. Click on the cell or range of cells you want to apply the comment to.

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