How to Remove the Formatting from a Selection in Google Docs

Copying and pasting is one of the more useful tools on your computer, as it can not only save you time, but it can also help to minimize mistakes. When used in conjunction with document creation, it can drastically reduce the amount of time you spend working on your project.

Unfortunately copying and pasting from different sources comes with its own problem, namely that most sources have their own formatting. This can create a document with a lot of mismatching text, which can look very unprofessional. Fortunately you don’t need to manually go through the entire document and clear those formats, as Google Docs has a simple tool that will automatically clear formats from a selection.


How to Clear Formatting in Google Docs

The steps in this article were performed in Google Chrome, but will also work in the desktop version of Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Edge. Once you complete these steps you will have removed the formatting from a selection in your Google Docs document. The resulting text will use the default formatting for the document instead.

Step 1: Open your Google Drive at and open the document containing the formatting that you wish to remove.


Step 2: Use your mouse to select the text from which you wish to clear the formatting. You can select the entire document by clicking somewhere on the page, then pressing Ctrl + A on your keyboard.

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Step 3: Click the Clear formatting button at the right end of the toolbar above your document.

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Note that you can also clear formatting by pressing Ctrl + \ on your keyboard, or clicking the Format tab at the top of the window and choosing the Clear formatting option.


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