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The main differrence between M$ Word and LO is the number of formatting layers.

In M$Word, you have only one, therefore copying or cloning format properties is easy and unambiguous.

In LO, you have three: paragraph, character, manual (or "direct formatting*). Consequently, when you try to clone, which layer do you copy?

As pointed out by an answer above, LO chooses character as it makes sense: you can set paragraph style from the menu. But I would guess, it clones only direct formatting on the same ground as paragraph style: a named character style can also be set from the menu.

Unless you are writing a short document which will be thrown away as soon as it is sent/printed, I'd recommend using styles. You can design your styles in a "representative" document and afterwards load them from there in new documents (or open the old document and rewrite it, with the risk of erasing the original) if you don't want to invest into template management.

The main differrence between M$ Word and LO is the number of formatting layers.

In M$Word, you have only one, therefore copying or cloning format properties is easy and unambiguous.

In LO, you have three: paragraph, character, manual (or "direct formatting*). Consequently, when you try to clone, which layer do you copy?

As pointed out by an answer above, @Kruno, LO chooses character as it makes sense: you can set paragraph style from the menu. But I would guess, it clones only direct formatting on the same ground as paragraph style: a named character style can also be set from the menu.

Unless you are writing a short document which will be thrown away as soon as it is sent/printed, I'd recommend using styles. You can design your styles in a "representative" document and afterwards load them from there in new documents (or open the old document and rewrite it, with the risk of erasing the original) if you don't want to invest into template management.