How To Paste With Formatting Google Docs

Last Updated on July 23, 2023 by Jake Sheridan

In this tutorial, you will learn how to paste with formatting Google Docs.

How To Paste With Formatting Google Docs

Copy and pasting in Google Docs is a common task when working with documents. It allows you to quickly transfer text, images, and other content from one place to another.

However, it can be difficult to keep the formatting consistent when transferring content. Fortunately, Google Docs has a tool that makes it easy to paste content with its original formatting intact.

In this guide, we will show you how to use the Paste with Formatting feature in Google Docs. We’ll also cover how to use the Paint Format tool to copy text formatting from one document and apply it to another selection.

How to Paste Including Formatting in Google Docs

Here’s our step-by-step guide on how to paste including formatting in Google Docs.

Step 1

First, select the text you want to paste with formatting.

In this example, we’ve selected a paragraph with various phrases with Bold and Italicized formatting.

Step 2

Place your cursor where you want to paste the document.

Step 3

Right-click on the space beside the cursor and click Paste. You may also use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+V.

Step 4

Google Docs will now paste the copied data with the original formatting starting where your cursor is placed.

Step 5

Another way to paste with formatting is with the paint format tool. This tool allows you to copy a specific text formatting from an existing text and apply it to another selection.

Start by selecting text that contains the formatting you want to paste. In this example, we’ll highlight a selection with bold text.

Click on the Paint Format option in the left-side of the toolbar.

Step 6

Your cursor should now resemble a paint roller icon indicating that you’ve successfully copied formatting from the selected text.

Use your cursor to select the text you want to paste the formatting on.

In this example, we’ve pasted the Bold formatting from the first part of our paragraph and applied it to the last sentence of our paragraph.


This guide should be everything you need to learn how to paste with formatting Google Docs.

Click this link to make a copy of this sample document to try doing it yourself!