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I want a working keyboard shortcut for Google Spreadsheets, that lets me paste just the formatting. Google says the shortcut for copying just the formatting is Cmd+Alt+C, and pasting just the formatting is Cmd+Alt+V.

However, Cmd+Alt+C opens up the Chrome Dev Tools panel. And, perhaps because of this, Cmd+Alt+V doesn't do anything. I don't actually think the "copy just format" is necessary -- you only need the special paste functionality. But using the standard Cmd+C to copy a cell and then trying Cmd+Alt+V doesn't do anything.

The "Paint Format" button also does what I want, but there is no keyboard shortcut for that.

I would be happy to create a custom Chrome extension to achieve this, but my initial attempt (simply trigger a click event on the corresponding menu item element) didn't work -- not for paste format nor paint format.

Looking for any kind of solution that ultimately lets me use a keyboard shortcut to paste cell formatting.

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Copying with Ctrl+c and pasting with alt+e then s then f works for me.

But as you are typing Cmd instead of Ctrl maybe you're on a Mac, aren't you? I don't know if this will work for you.

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I mapped it to alt+Z here. You can change it withing the AHK script below. I have set the shortcut to specifically work on Chrome so it won't interfere with any other programs.

Use the following autohotkey script:

#NoEnv  ; Recommended for performance and compatibility with future AutoHotkey releases.
;SetWorkingDir %A_ScriptDir%  ; Ensures a consistent starting directory.
;keyWait waits for a user to physically release a key, so don't use
#SingleInstance Force

#IfWinActive ahk_class Chrome_WidgetWin_1
!z::     ; ALT+Z
Send, {alt down}e
sleep, 50
send, s
Sleep, 50
send, t
send, {alt up}
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