Last updated: January 16, 2017
Formatting and properly setting up a document in Word 2013 can be a bit of a hassle. It can get even worse if you’re in school or work for a company that has very specific rules about the way that a document needs to be formatted. So if you have used your own custom formatting, or if you have copied and pasted information from a website or another location, then you may end up with a lot of different formatting that is difficult to remove. One simple way to fix this is to take advantage of a tool in Word 2013 that automatically clears all of the formatting from your text, leaving you with just original, unaltered text.
This article will teach you how to remove formatting in Word 2013. You will be able to remove formatting from the entire document, or from a selection of text within the document. Removing formatting in this manner will reset the font and the styling to the settings currently defined by the document’s template.
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How to Clear Formatting in Word 2013
This is a good thing to do before you start entering your own formatting for a document, as it is going to strip all of the formatting that has been applied to the text. You will not have the option to select which settings to remove, and will simply be left with black text on a white background. You will, however, be able to select specific sections of text from which to strip the formatting, or you can select the entire document.
Step 1: Open the document in Word 2013.
Step 2: Click the Home tab at the top of the window.
Step 3: Use your mouse to highlight the text for which you want to clear the formatting, or press Ctrl + A to select the entire document.
Step 4: Click the Clear All Formatting button in the Font section of the ribbon at the top of the window.
Summary – How to clear formatting in Word 2013
- Select the desired text, or press Ctrl + A to select the entire document.
- Click the Home tab at the top of the window.
- Click the Clear All Formatting button in the Font section of the ribbon.
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