How to Clear Formatting in Google Docs

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Google Docs and Microsoft Word both have formatting issues. There’s always a little space at the bottom, an image a bit to the right, or a little indented text to the left. It’s always messed up! So how do you fix it? Just clear the formatting! So here’s how to Clear Formatting in Google Docs without messing everything up.

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With Google Docs, you can format characters, words, sentences, and paragraphs simultaneously with many different formatting options. Example: It’s easy to strike through text with the “Strikethrough” option.

Some formats are helpful in certain contexts, but you may find that there are too many formats in a document, making it hard to read.

What Does Clear Formatting Means

The term “clearing formatting” means you get rid of all the formatting in the text. That’ll remove all bold, italic, color, and underlining. It leaves out a couple of things.

The clear text formatting will not remove leave your images, headings, bullet points, and hyperlinks intact. It doesn’t take away bullet points or subheads when you clear text formatting. As a result, if you import a word document into Google Docs, rest assured that your links, headings, and sub-headings won’t be changed.

How to Clear Formatting in Google Docs (2 Quickest Ways)

Method 1 – How to Remove Formatting in a Google Docs Document

All the steps in this article were done on a Google Docs document that was opened in the Google Chrome browser. This article shows you how to select part (or all) of your document, then remove any formatting that’s been applied to it.

  1. Open your Google Drive and double-click on the document you want to remove the formatting from.
  2. Highlight the text that you want to get rid of the formatting for using your mouse. Then, to select the entire document, click somewhere on the page and press Ctrl + A on your keyboard.
  3. In the toolbar above the document, click on Clear formatting.
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Newer versions of Google Docs have an italicized T with a diagonal line through it instead. After removing the formatting, if you don’t like the appearance of the selection, press Ctrl + Z on your keyboard.

Method 2  – How to Clear Google Docs Formatting

As we discussed above, you can remove formatting with the toolbar button, but there is another menu option that allows you to do this as well.

  1. Go to Google Docs and open your document.
  2. Click where you want to clear the formatting.
  3. At the top of the window, click the Format tab.
  4. Make sure you choose Clear formatting.
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Follow the steps below if you want to take a proactive approach and remove the formatting before you add it.

How to Paste Without Formatting in Google Docs

Some applications, especially word processing apps, let you copy and paste without formatting.

  • If you go to Edit > Paste without formatting, you can paste copied text without it’s formatting. This assumes you’ve already copied text from somewhere else.
  • Alternatively, the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + V (Windows) or Command + Shift + V (Mac) allows you to paste text without formatting.

It is important to note that removing the formatting from a selection will remove most of the formatting options that you applied. There are some formatting options that you can’t remove this way. For example, pictures or links may be included in the selection. It won’t match the fonts of surrounding text either.

The Ctrl + / keyboard shortcut in Google Docs lets you remove formatting from a selection.

In the previous section, we discussed using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + A to select your entire document, but we should also mention that you can also select everything in the document by selecting the Edit tab at the top of the window, then selecting the Select All option.

Microsoft’s Word document editing app also lets you clear formatting from a selection of documents. To clear all formatting, select the Home tab at the top of your window, then click the Clear All Formatting button. This button has an eraser in the bottom right corner of its shape like an A.

What is Clear Formatting Function

MS Word has a feature called Clear formatting that lets you remove any formatting from your document. Formatting options in Word include font size, style, bullets, headings, text color, shadow, strikethrough, bold, italic, underlines, and more.

What does Clear Formatting mean in Google Docs

Clear formatting in Google docs means removal of anything that you’ve applied to the word or paragraph or document, like bold, italic, underline, paragraph background color or line, line spacing (that’s not “Normal” default), subscript, superscript, and strikethrough. 

What is the Shortcut for Clear Formatting in Google Docs

To clear up formatting, press Ctrl + Space. This will take care of the formatting in the text itself, but won’t mess up your paragraph formatting.You can get rid of hyperlinks using this method. When you press Ctrl + Q, the text formatting remains intact (so bold or italic text remains), but the paragraph formatting is removed.

How do you fix formatting issues in Google Docs

You can fix the Google Docs formatting issue by disabling your ad blocker.  Alternatively, you can whitelist Google Docs if you don’t want to disable your ad blocker.  You can add specific sites to the whitelist in the extension’s settings.

Where is the clear formatting button on Google Docs

Step 1: Open your Google Docs document.
Step 2: Click on text where you’d like to clear formatting.
Step 3: Click on the Format tab at top
Step 4: Click the Clear formatting button.

How do I remove text formatting

To remove all formatting from text, select all text in the document, press Ctrl + A, and then click the Clear All Formatting button. Using the same method, you can also remove formatting from a few paragraphs.

Wrapping Up

It’s always tricky to work between two different word processors. New formatting options, new UI, and weird way they work can cause problems. Additionally, they don’t always work together, which leads to formatting errors when you copy text. You’ll spend less time cleaning if you know what to do. Thanks for reading this article on How to Clear Formatting in Google Docs.

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