I am using Google Docs to write some documents. At certain points, I have to write inline some formulas I would like to have a different font, letter size and color. I like to experiment with different fonts and styles, but I find it really bothersome to go line by line changing them.

Is there a way I can instruct Google Docs to link the styles of those formulas, so that when I change one all of them change?


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As far as I'm aware, custom named styles (like "Normal text" etc.) are not yet supported and nobody is aware of any plans to implement them.

However, implicit, "by example" styles exist and can be used with decent efficiency via "Copy format", "Paste format", "Paint format" and "Select all matching text" functions.

The usage is roughly like this:

  1. In order to create an implicit style, select an unmarked text passage and tune its properties. Adjust font style, weight, size, color etc.
  2. In order to use an implicit style, step on marked up text, and do a "Copy format" by pressing Alt+Ctrl+C. Then, select an unmarked text passage and do a "Paste format" by pressing Alt+Ctrl+V.
  3. Alternatively you can use the "Paint format" icon on the toolbar.
  4. In order to adjust an existing implicit style, right-click on a styled text passage and click "Select all matching text" in the pull-down menu. Then adjust font style, weight, size, color etc.

WARNING! 99% of Earth population are yet unaware of this due to Google's stup^H^H^H^Hinformation policy. The majority of us earthlings still believe that Google Docs hasn't got text styles and thus sucks.


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    For those on a Mac, I confirmed this works as Alex describes with CMD+OPTION+C and +V. (⌘+⌥+C)
    – cgseller
    Jan 24, 2020 at 15:43
  • This is such a great help!!
    – Richard
    Oct 8, 2020 at 13:26
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    These do not seem to be styles, though - it seems to be an ability to copy-paste direct formatting. Clear formatting would reset all direct formatting to actual styles - and it would remove direct formatting no matter how it appeared there (like through copying of the formatting). Contrast this with character styles in OpenOffice/LibreOffice.
    – Richlv
    Nov 12, 2020 at 21:08

Make these a Heading (under Format > Paragraph styles) then, when happy with one instance, select Update 'Heading n' to match.

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    When I use a paragraph style, the whole paragraph changes. I want to change only some formulas which are inline Nov 29, 2017 at 19:20

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