Undoing Direct Formatting for a Document

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You can undo all formatting that has not been made by styles in a few steps.

Direct and Style Formatting

If you format a document without Styles, it is referred to as "direct" formatting. This means modifying text or other objects, such as frames or tables, by applying various attributes directly. The format applies only to the selected area and all changes must be made separately. Styles, on the other hand, are not applied to the text directly, but rather are defined in the Styles and Formatting window and then applied. One advantage is that when you change a Style, all parts of the document to which that Style is assigned are modified at the same time.

You can remove direct formatting from your document by selecting the entire text with the shortcut keys Ctrl+A and then choosing Format - Clear Direct Formatting.

Removing all Direct Formatting in a LibreOffice Writer Document

  1. Press Ctrl+A to select the whole text.
  2. Choose Format - Clear Direct Formatting.

Removing all Direct Formatting in a LibreOffice Calc Spreadsheet

  1. While pressing the Shift key click the first and then the last sheet tab to select all sheets.
  2. Press Ctrl+A to select the whole text.
  3. Choose Format - Clear Direct Formatting.

Removing all Direct Formatting in a LibreOffice Presentation

  1. Click the Outline tab to open outline view.
  2. Press Ctrl+A to select the whole text.
  3. Choose Format - Clear Direct Formatting.

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