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Default Formatting in OpenOffice Writer

Monday, February 7th, 2011 by | Filed Under: OpenOffice
Loading... Writer: Back to the Beginning with the Formatting

While I can’t speak for everyone, I know that there are times when I sit back, take a good look at my document and think… What was I thinking when I did that, and that, and that????

It’s that moment of clarity, when I realize that I’ve made so many formatting changes that they are no longer consistent, and that the document doesn’t look like I have a clue as to how to put it all together.

The question is, what can I do about it?

Do I go to each place where there’s different formatting (such as line spacing, bold text, etc…) and fix the offending formatting item by item?

Well, let’s hope not…

You could select the whole document (Ctrl+A) and then fix all the formatting goofs.

That one is obviously more efficient than the first suggestion, but still it requires that you remove every formatting change one at a time.

Today, I’d like to suggest a one-step trick that will strip all formatting from the selected text and put everything back to the default that you started with.

This one removes the bold effect, italics, text colors, text highlighting, different line spacing, paragraph formatting changes… you name it and it is stripped from the text. Everything is then put back to the default settings, as though you typed the document but waited to do all the formatting at once.

If you’re still with me, then I know that you’re interested. So here’s the oh-so complicated directions:

-Select the text to be stripped of all formatting

-Go to the Format menu and choose Default Formatting. (Ctrl+M is the keyboard shortcut for this one.)

That’s it… the text is left behind, “naked” as it were – stripped of all formatting changes in one quick move.

Yeah :)

~ April

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One Response to “Default Formatting in OpenOffice Writer”

  1. Roger & Cyndy says:

    This tip did not work for us. Ctrl+M simply moved all the text to the right by several tab spaces. And under Format… there is no setting named “Default Setting” Ours lists: Columns, Auto Format, then expands to Font, Paragraph, Bullet etc… but no “Default Setting”.

    And yes, Ctrl+A does select the whole page but the Ctrl+M tip did not do what you said it should.

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