How to Clear Formatting with One Click

Last Update: July 14, 2017

Some WA members are using MS Words for writing their posts. The advantage of Words lies in its powerful grammar check and its instant edition of synonyms. The disadvantage of Words is that the inserted text gets automatically formatted with some coding, which is ill supported by most web design and development applications. When you copy a text written with Words and paste it into a blog post editor it very well can happen, that once published your post can’t be read properly, which makes it necessary for you to re-edit it.

Now, to avoid this hassle, there is a very easy solution provided by Words itself. When going to the home ribbon you will see an icon with the picture of the “A” character being erased (see below).


This button is called: “Clear All Formatting”. Before using this button, you must select the text from which you want to remove the formatting. (see below)


Once selected, click on the “Clear All Formatting” button. If you were using a different font than the default one, your text will immediately change to the default font. (see below)



Now you can insert your text into your blog post without risking any display problems.

I hope this short introduction of one of Words many features will help simplify your post creation.

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bethcharron Premium
A great tip Thanks Eric
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ericpierre Premium
You're welcome, Beth! Hope you have use for it.
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Loes Premium
Great tip Eric!
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ericpierre Premium
You're welcome, Loes. This procedure can be used for almost all programs running on any Windows platform.
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Loes Premium
Good to know:)
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VeronicasLuv Premium
Ahhh....nifty. Thsnks, Eric.
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ericpierre Premium
Ma pleasure, Veronica. Hope it's of use to you.
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abrosco Premium
Is this valid throughout WordPress?
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ericpierre Premium
It is valid for MS Word. Once you have deleted the formatting of your text written on a word document, you can insert this text into a WordPress page, post or comment. You can also use it here on WA for creating a post or comment. It works with the WA SiteContent too. If you need more information, you are welcome to PM me, Richard.
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abrosco Premium
Thanks Eric
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verazhelvis Premium
It's interesting, Eric. Thanks. But what's wrong with your text? many words go together. Wrong formatting? lol..:))
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ericpierre Premium
I write a post about how to avoid formatting problems. And forget to follow my own teaching.
For the screen shots I played several times with the text. Instead of using the button one more time before publishing, I just went ahead.
Luckily I always read my posts once they are published. Can you imagine how shocked I was, when I saw what I did.
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verazhelvis Premium
Never mind. You are your own proof...Teachers often forget to do what they teach. I know. ...lol:))
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