How to use Format Painter in Excel

Format Painter in Excel

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Where’s the Format Painter Button?

It’s there on your Home Tab. If you look at the clipboard section (Left Side) of your Home Tab, you can find it.


How Format Painter works?

  1. When you select a cell or range and click on the format painter button it copies formatting.
  2. After that, when you select another cell or range it pastes formatting there.

How to use Format Painter

As I said, it’s a one-click process.

  1. First of all, select the range or cell from where you want to copy the formatting.
  2. After that, click on the format painter button.
  3. Once you click on the button, your cursor will convert into a paintbrush.
  4. Now, select the range on which you want to apply formatting.

It’s done.

What is a  Keyboard Shortcut for Format Painter?

Yes, you can use the Alt + H + F +P for format painter. Just select the range or cell from which you want to copy format and use the shortcut key.

Apply Formatting Multiple Times

Yes, you can use it to paste formatting multiple times.


  1. First of all, select the range from where you want to copy formatting.
  2. After that go to Home Tab → Clipboard → Format Painter.
  3. Now, double-click on the format painter button.
  4. From here, you can paste the formatting multiple times.

Bonus Tip: Copy Column Width using Format Painter


  1. First of all, select the entire column from where you want to copy column width.
  2. After that, click on the format painter button.
  3. Click on the column header of the destination column.

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