Word Tip – Two Ways to Remove Formatting

It’s April and our world has been turned upside down. Never have the words‘Keep it Simple’ meant so much.
Stay indoors and keep ourselves safe so we won’t get the virus – then we can’t infect others. It’s so simple, but for many, it’s so hard…

My tips are very unimportant in the bigger scheme of things, but if you’re still working then I hope you find it useful.

This month it is a Word tip that will show you how to quickly remove formatting using either the Keyboard or the Ribbon.
You can view the video or follow the step-by-step shown underneath.

Enjoy and remember: Please Stay Safe and Keep it Simple!


  • Today, we’re looking at Word.
  • As you can see, I have two paragraphs of text on the page.
  • They are both set to Font Size 12 and Bold.

Image 1 shows text with Bold and font size 12

  • Now, I want them to go back to the default, which is Font Size 11 and no Bold.
  • I’ll remove the formatting on each paragraph separately, so that I can show you the Keyboard way and then the Ribbon way.

The Keyboard Way – Step 1

  • Select the first paragraph.
  • Hold down the CTRL key on the Keyboard and press the Spacebar – once.

Image 2 shows the first paragraph selected - then use CTRL + Spacebar to remove formatting

  • All formatting will be removed from that selected paragraph.

Image 3 shows formatting removed off paragraph 1 only

The Ribbon Way – Step 2

  • Select the second paragraph.
  • On the Home tab – Font group – click on the Clear All Formatting button.

Image 5 shows about to use the Clear All Formatting button in the Font group of the Ribbon

  • All formatting will be removed from that selected paragraph.

Image 6 shows both paragraphs now have their formatting removed

Thank you for watching and I’ll be back with another useful ‘Keep it Simple‘ tip – next month!

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  • thnx!

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