How to Clear Formatting from a Selection in Google Docs

There are many formatting options available in Google Docs, and most of them can all be applied simultaneously to the same character, word, sentence, or paragraph. For example, you can draw a line through text with the “Strikethrough” option. While combinations of formatting elements can be helpful in certain contexts, you may find yourself editing a document that has too many of them, and it is making the document difficult to read.

But going through and finding each of the individually-applied formatting options can be a bit of a nuisance, so you might be looking for a better way. Our tutorial below will show you how to clear all of the formatting from a selection in Google Docs so that you can start over fresh.

How to Remove Formatting in a Google Docs Document

The steps in this guide were performed on a document that was opened through the Web-browser version of Google Docs, in the Google Chrome browser. This article is going to show you how to select part (or all) of your document, then remove any formatting that has been applied to that selection.

Step 1: Go to your Google Drive at and double-click the document containing the formatting that you would like to remove.

Step 2: Use your mouse to highlight the text for which you would like to clear the formatting. Note that you can select the entire document by clicking somewhere on the page, then pressing Ctrl + A on your keyboard.

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Step 3: Click the Clear formatting button in the toolbar above the document.

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If you dislike the appearance of the selection after removing the formatting, you can press Ctrl + Z on your keyboard to undo its removal.

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