Removing Formatting

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated February 13, 2014)

As you paste information into a document, that information may not match the formatting of your existing document information. For instance, you might copy information from one document to another, from an application on your computer, or from a web page. As you paste each tidbit, Docs tries to make sure that the formatting of the original source is maintained (as much as practical) in the Docs document.

The upshot of this is that you end up with a document that looks like a patchwork of pieces, each formatted differently from the other. You might think that the solution is to select each piece—perhaps right after you paste it—and apply all the formatting that is necessary.

While this is certainly an approach you can take, Docs provides an easier way: the Clear Formatting tool. Using the tool is very easy; just select the text you pasted into your document and then click the tool once. (You may need to click the More button to see the Clear Formatting tool.) (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. The Remove Formatting tool is on the toolbar.

When you apply the Clear Formatting tool, the non-standard formatting of the selected text is removed with the result being that it now matches the formatting of the original document text that surrounds it.

This tip doesn't just work with pasted text. If you want to remove any explicit formatting you previously applied to some of your text, just select that text and click the Clear Formatting tool and you'll be back to your default.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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