How to Remove Paragraph Shading in Word 2013

There are many ways to format a document in Microsoft Word 2013, and the level of usage for certain formatting options will vary depending upon your environment. So while paragraph shading might be common in some professions or institutions, it is less common in others. If you encounter paragraph formatting in a document and wish to get rid of it, but are unfamiliar with the setting, then removing it may prove problematic.

Our tutorial below will help you find the Paragraph Shading option in Word 2013, and show you how to remove it from a selected paragraph. You can even choose to select the entire document and remove all of the paragraph shading at once.


Remove Shading from a Paragraph in Word 2013

The steps in this guide will show you how to remove shading that has been added to a paragraph in Word 2013. If there are multiple paragraphs with shading that you wish to modify, then you can click inside the document, press Ctrl + A to select everything, then use the steps below to remove the shading.


  1. Open your document in Word 2013.

  3. Locate the paragraph containing the shading that you wish to remove, then use your mouse to select it. You can also select an entire paragraph by triple-clicking it.
  4. select the shaded paragraph



  5. Click the Home tab at the top of the window.
  6. click the home tab



  7. Click the arrow to the right of the Shading button in the Paragraph section of the ribbon, then click the No Color option.


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If there is still shading around the paragraph, then it is most likely character shading, rather than paragraph shading. You can remove character shading in Word 2013 by clicking the arrow to the right of Text Highlight Color in the Font section of the ribbon, then clicking the No Color option.

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Do you need to save a document as a PDF? Learn how to convert a Word document to PDF in Word 2013 so that you have a PDF and a Word file of the same document.