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. ...

MORE FROM ALLEN

Combinations for Members in Meetings

Got a large group of people listed in a worksheet and you want to make sure that each person has met with every other ...

Discover More

Changing Roman Numerals to Arabic

In some documents Roman numerals might be used quite a bit. If you ever want to change the Roman numerals to their Arabic ...

Discover More

Anchoring Objects by Default

When you position objects (such as text boxes or graphics) on a page, one of the things you can do is to anchor the ...

Discover More
More DriveTips

Using Find and Replace

One of the basic editing tasks in any document is to find and replace information. Docs includes a basic tool that allows ...

Discover More

Renaming a Document

Need to change the name of an existing document? There are two ways you can do it, using either Docs or Drive.

Discover More

Adding Fonts to Docs

If Docs only provided one or two fonts for displaying document text, it wouldn't be taken seriously as a word processor. ...

Discover More
Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is two minus 2?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)