How to Remove MS Word Styles

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Microsoft Word features a powerful formatting tool capable of making your documents look spectacular with only a few clicks of the mouse. Styles allow you to quickly change the appearance, size and location of text. If too many styles are applied to a single document, however, or if you need to edit a heavily formatted document, styles can get in the way. Fortunately, all versions of MS Word make it easy to remove styles from a document and return the text to the document’s default.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Word 2003 or 2007

Word 2007

  • Highlight the text you want to strip of formatting.

  • Click on the “Home” tab, then click the “double arrow” button on the “Styles” bar to expand the “Style” menu.

  • Select “Clear Formatting” from the drop-down menu. All formatting in the highlighted area will revert to the application default.

Word 2003

  • Highlight the text you want to strip of formatting.

  • Open the “Styles and Formatting” pane by selecting it from the “Format” menu.

  • Select the “Clear Formatting” option from the list of styles. All formatting in the highlighted area will revert to the application default.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you accidentally remove a style from text that needs to be formatted, the undo command will restore the formatting of the text.

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