How To Paste With Formatting Google Docs

When you try to paste the text into a Google Doc, sometimes it cannot retain its original formatting and conform to the style of your document instead. This can be frustrating, but the good news is there is a way to prevent it.

Keep reading to learn how to paste text with formatting in Google Docs.

Paste Text with Formatting in Google Docs

If you are trying to paste formatted text from a Google document to another, you can make use of the built-in Paint Format tool. This is a great way to keep the text formatting intact while moving it to another location.

To use the Paint Format tool, follow the below steps.

Step 1

First, Open the Google Docs document where you would like to paste the formatted text.

Step 2

Select and copy the preferred text. Now paste the text into the target location. If the text is not pasted with the desired formatting, utilize the next steps.

Step 3

Now highlight the text formatting you would like to keep. From the top menu, click “Paint format”. This will make the cursor take on a paintbrush symbol. Also, after pressing the button, the format of the selected text will be copied.

Step 4

Now highlight the preferred text on where you want to paste the formatting.Doing so will add the formatting to the highlighted text!

There is another way to copy the format of a text in Google Docs using the keyboard shortcut. To do this-

1. Highlight the preferred text with the desired formatting.

2. Now press Ctrl + ALT + C (for Windows) or ⌘ + Option + V (for Mac). This will copy not only the text but also the format.

3. Paste the copied content in the new location by pressing Ctrl + ALT + V (for Windows) or ⌘ + Option + V (for Mac).

The copied format will be pasted on the text you have selected.

How to Paste with Formatting from other Sources

Typically, you shouldn’t face any issues while copying and pasting something from other sources to Google Docs in most cases. However, sometimes if you try to paste something by selecting “Paste without formatting”, it may strip the formatting.

If you are using Apple, selecting “Paste and Match Style” will do the same. Instead of using these options, you can just use the “Paste” option to paste the text along with its original formatting.


Pasting the text with its original formatting can save you a lot of time, especially when you are dealing with long paragraphs of text. We hope this guide helped you understand how to paste with formatting in Google Docs.