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Copy a table cell and the cell background color

asked 2016-03-13 12:15:29 +0200

Thomaxz2 gravatar image

updated 2016-03-19 16:50:08 +0200

Alex Kemp gravatar image

In Libreoffice writer, I have a table, I have for some cells selected a backgroundcolor through right click->properties->background color which works fine.

Now I want to copy a cell, I click ctrl-c and then ctrl+v. But only the content of the cell is copied not the background.

I have also tried Table->Chosse->Cell and then ctrl+c+ctrl+v And also tried the menu copy and menu paste.

But al result is that only the content is copied, not the background color.

Update: to try first answering

But paste special format, does neither work, does not giving expected resultat, insted a weird looking cell inside the cell.

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answered 2016-03-13 14:52:38 +0200

pierre-yves samyn gravatar image


You are right, copy & paste (including Paste Special) does not copy the cell with its background. Workaround : use the Clone Formatting tool (Standard toolbar):

  • select the "source" cell (not the content): e.g. select 2 cells then "return" on the first
  • Click the Clone Formatting tool
  • Click the "target" cell

There are ongoing discussions and work for the development of styles for tables in Writer. This would be real good solution.

HTH - Regards

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That semi work, I can get the background color to the new cell, but still need to copy the content on its own.

Thomaxz2 gravatar imageThomaxz2 ( 2016-03-13 15:24:56 +0200 )edit

Yes unfortunately, this is why I mentioned a workaround, not a solution.

pierre-yves samyn gravatar imagepierre-yves samyn ( 2016-03-13 15:30:26 +0200 )edit
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