I am using Keynote'09 and have to change a lot of text to specific styles. Since I can't define text styles I have to work around this missing function. Here is a simple example with a style I would have named Important if I could. But I can't.

To use this style on another location I use the Copy Style (C) and Paste Style (V) of the Format menu.

Here is a starting document where word1 is using the style Important: Before

I select word1 and copy its style (C). Then I select word2 and paste the style just copied (V). word2 is correctly modified, but the style of the whole line is also changed: After. The bullet was eaten!

Since this is something I would like to do about a hundred times on a normal presentation this is a real nightmare.

My question is 3 (but they are highly related):

Did I made an error in my use of this function: copy & paste style?

Is this a known bug?

Is this bug fixed in more recent versions of Keynote?

1 Answer 1


Yes its there Copy design Command + Alt (Option) + C (Copy only Styles) Command + Alt (Option) + V (Only paste styles) Above works absolutely as format painter works in Windows Office.

  • I am not interested in Windows Office: this can't be considered as a model of quality software :(.
    – dan
    Commented Jan 12, 2017 at 14:49

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