I have a cell in Google Sheets with formatted text content. Something like this:

You must complete both parts of the assignment.

If I copy that cell into another cell, the bold formatting is lost. Is there a way to copy both the content and the formatting?

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    When I select a cell with such formatting, press Ctrl-C, and then press Ctrl-V on another cell, the formatting is preserved. How are you copying it?
    – user79865
    Jan 23, 2016 at 19:37
  • I'm doing, basically, exactly the same thing. Selecting the text in the cell and then typing Command-C (copy on a Mac) followed by Command-V (paste) in the new cell. I think I've had this happen in both Chrome and Safari.
    – dlu
    Jan 23, 2016 at 19:42
  • When you say "in the new cell", is it within the spreadsheet grid or in the "fx" window on top?
    – user79865
    Jan 23, 2016 at 19:48
  • Within the grid.
    – dlu
    Jan 23, 2016 at 19:48
  • @Norma: Ok, this is very weird. Your first comment made me think about how I was selecting the text. I usually would either drag to select or type Command-A (select all) in the cell. It sounded like you might be just clicking in the cell. So I tried that. It works! But, if I use my method it does not work. But, if I use your method (just click in the cell then type Command-C), and later use my method, then my method also works. This is in Safari on Yosemite (OS X 10.11, the latest version at the moment).
    – dlu
    Jan 23, 2016 at 19:56

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Partial formatting of cell text is a recent addition to Google Sheets, and it is still pretty fragile. The following works:

  1. Select a cell
  2. Press Ctrl-C (or Command-C)
  3. Select another cell
  4. Press Ctrl-V (or Command-V)

Other methods, described below, are not as successful.

If one double-clicks a cell, selects all of its content, and copy-pastes that, the partial formatting may or may not be preserved (depending on the previous state of clipboard).

If one double-clicks a cell, selects some of its content, and copy-pastes that, the partial formatting is not preserved.

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