The Clear Formatting command in Word 2007 lets you peel away all formats from your text, just like you peel the skin from a banana. You can remove formatting from a block of selected text, or the text the insertion pointer is on, or future text you type.

There are three ways to apply this command:

  • Click the Clear Formatting button in the Font group.

    The Clear Formatting button is located in the top-right corner of the Font group.
    The Clear Formatting button is located in the top-right corner of the Font group.
  • Press Ctrl+spacebar.

  • Press Ctrl+Shift+Z. Remember that Ctrl+Z is the Undo command. To undo formatting, all you do is add the Shift key.

The Clear Formatting command removes any formats you've applied to the text: font, size, text attributes (bold or italic), and color. More specifically, it restores characters to the formatting defined by the style you’re using. So, if the Body style is 12-point Calibri, this command restores that font and size.