Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Ask Amy: How do I remove all formatting in Microsoft Word?

I was recently asked how to remove the formatting from a paragraph

I gave the answer I have given for years which is, “Select the paragraph and press the CTRL+SPACEBAR keys.” Only to be told that didn’t work.

Well it works for some things. For instance, it removes the attributes of bolding, underlining, or italicizing. But what if you want to get rid of all the formatting? Follow these steps:
  1. Select the text to be stripped of all formatting. If it is the entire document, press CTRL+A to select it.
  2. Click on the Home tab.
  3. Within the Styles group, click on the Launch button to display the list of Styles.
  4. From the top of this list, click on Clear All. All the formatting is removed.
  5. Close the Styles list.