You can control-click an object to load its attributes as the default format. Or use the format painter to copy attributes from one object to another.
Thanks. That'll do. Though I couldn't get Control Click to help this.
Well, I'm not a Windows user, but that's what the help says - and the corresponding command-click does work in Mac OS.
You may also want to investigate third-party enhancements to the Windows color picker. I am sure some of these will enable you to pick a color by clicking on it (like you can on a Mac).