How to Clear Text Formatting in Word 2016

By Dan Gookin

Word 2016 offers the Clear Formatting command because so many formatting commands are available that it’s possible for your text to look more like a pile of runes than modern text. Use this command to peel away all formats from your text, just like you peel the skin from a banana.

To remove text formatting, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Home tab.

  2. In the Font group, click the Clear Formatting command button.

    Text formats are removed from selected text or from all new text typed.

The formatting isn’t removed as much as it’s restored: After issuing the Clear Formatting command, text is altered to represent the defined style. That style includes font, size, and other attributes.

  • The keyboard shortcut for the Clear Formatting command is Ctrl+spacebar.

  • The Clear Formatting command removes the ALL CAPS text format but doesn’t otherwise change the text case.

  • You cannot use the Clear Formatting command to remove text highlighting.

  • Although you can use the Clear Formatting command to change text color, it doesn’t reset the background color.