Microsoft Word 2010 has a lot of different options for formatting text in a document.
You can configure the size, color, and font of your text, and there are many different options for each setting.
While this is great because of the number of combinations you can create, the availability of options can lead you to make too many changes to how your text is displayed, which might make it unreadable.
In situations like this, you may have applied too many changes to your text, and manually removing all of them could be a time-consuming activity.
Fortunately, Microsoft Word 2010 includes a feature that allows you to clear all text formatting from your Word 2010 documents.
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Removing All Formatting From Your Word 2010 Text
it is very easy to go overboard with customization when you are creating a document in Word 2010. This is especially true of documents that are meant for display, like a newsletter or flyer. A formatting choices can give some character to the document, but too many can actually have a diminishing effect on their usefulness, as readers become either turned off by the visual or simply have difficulty reading your information. Fortunately you can remove all of your formatting with the click of a button, which will save you from having to go back and manually undo your changes.
Step 1: Begin by opening the formatted document in Word 2010.
Step 2: Use your mouse to select all of the text for which you want to clear the formatting. You can select all of the text in your document by clicking anywhere on a page, then pressing Ctrl + A to select the entire document.
Step 3: Click the Home tab at the top of the window.
Step 4: Click the Clear Formatting button in the Font section of the ribbon at the top of the window.
Your selected text will now return to the default text style for your Word 2010 installation. If you do not like how your text looks with its’ default formatting, you can press Ctrl + Z on your keyboard to return to the formatted text option.
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