Documents that come from other sources, or documents that contain a lot of information that was all accumulated from other documents, can often have a variety of different formats applied. This creates an overall document appearance that can seem disorganized and unprofessional. Manually changing all of those formats can be tedious, but fortunately there is a quick way in Word 2013 to clear most of the formatting that has likely been applied within the document.
Our guide below will show you how to quickly select the entire document, then show you how to find the one button that will remove all of the formatting from the selected text.
Clear Formatting in Word 2013
The steps in this guide are going to show you how to clear all of the formatting that has been applied to your entire document in Word 2013. if you only want to remove the formatting from a particular section, however, then you can choose to select that section by itself, instead of the entire document.
Step 1: Open the document in Word 2013.
Step 2: Click somewhere inside the document body, then press Ctrl + A on your keyboard. This selects the entire document. If you only want to select some of it, then you can use your mouse to highlight the desired text.
Step 3: Click the Home tab at the top of the window.
Step 4: Click the Clear All Formatting button in the Font section of the ribbon.
- There are a few things that this won’t change, such as text shading or text that is in all capital letters. Those formats will need to be adjusted manually.
- This also won’t remove hyperlinks from the document. You will need to right-click a hyperlink, then choose the Remove Hyperlink option to do that.
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