How to Remove Formatting from an Email in Outlook

Sending an email is often the fastest way to share information from your desktop or laptop computer.

The ability to copy and paste information into Outlook from a Word document, a Web page, or an Excel spreadsheet makes for an effective way to communicate with your contacts.

But adding that information from those locations can leave you with an email message that does not look very professional if it contains a number of different format styles.

You may have tried to individually remove all of those formatting elements, but that can be very frustrating. Our guide below will show you a different method for removing the formatting from a selection in an Outlook email.

How to Clear Formatting in Outlook 2013

The steps in this article will assume that you are writing an email message in Outlook 2013, and that incorrect formatting is applied to part of that email.

This happens most frequently when you are copying and pasting information from other locations into the body of an email message.

The result of removing this formatting is that the selected text will revert to the default font that is used when you type new email messages.

Step 1: Open your email in Outlook 2013.

Step 2: Use your mouse to highlight the text in the email body for which you wish to clear the formatting. If you want to select the entire body of the message, then click somewhere within the email body, then press Ctrl + A on your keyboard.

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Step 3: Click the Message tab at the top of the window.

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Step 4: Click the Clear All Formatting button in the Basic Text section of the ribbon.

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Note that this does not remove hyperlinks. If you wish to remove a hyperlink from an Outlook email, then you will need to right-click the link, then click the Remove Hyperlink option.

Now that you know how to remove formatting from an email in Outlook 2013, you can save yourself a lot of time if you often paste information from other locations into your emails.

If you have been looking to put a line through some of your text, then find out how to use strikethrough in Outlook with the help of a setting in the editor.

Do you need to add a BCC to an email message in Outlook 2013, but you don’t see an option for it? This article – – will show you where to find the setting that will display the BCC field in Outlook 2013.

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