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Just to be clear I think this question is asking about the Format Paintbrush toolbar button. There are a lot of bugs currently related to format+paintbrush and many of them appear to be duplicates in various ways. The copy paragraph / numbering format aspect has been report in this thread already.

The function seems to have suffered a regression in the v4.0.x series: FDO#62715, FDO#63317, and FDO#63387 all seemed related to this question. FDO#62708 is likely also related but does not provide version information. Earlier related bugs include: FDO#57514 (v3.6.x) and FDO#50639 (v3.5.x).

Just to be clear I think this question is asking about the Format Paintbrush toolbar button. There are a lot of bugs currently related to format+paintbrush and many of them appear to be duplicates in various ways. The copy paragraph / numbering format aspect has been report in this thread already.

The function seems to have suffered a regression in the v4.0.x series: FDO#62715, FDO#63317, and FDO#63387 all seemed related to this question. FDO#62708 is likely also related but does not provide version information. Earlier related bugs include: FDO#57514 (v3.6.x) and FDO#50639 (v3.5.x).

EDIT: As the comments below indicate, some of the originally indicated bugs have now been resolved as duplicates of FDO#59029 which contains this important information:

By default only the character formatting is copied; to include paragraph formatting, hold down Ctrl when you click. To copy only the paragraph formatting, hold down Ctrl+Shift when you click.

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The paragraph formats are the format applied to the whole paragraph. The character format are those applied to a portion of the paragraph. Be careful though, if you apply the bold format to a whole paragraph, so the bold format is a paragraph format, and then unbold a portion of this paragraph, the bold format is still a paragraph format. This paragraph is divided in two parts, one without character format and one with the "unbold" character format.