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3 ways to clear formatting in Excel (and when to use them)

If you've ever copied and pasted text from one document to another, you know that the formatting doesn't always come along for the ride. The same is true when you're working in Excel. Whether you're copying data from another source or just trying to clean up your worksheet, there are a few different ways you can clear the formatting and start with a clean slate.

The first way to clear formatting is to use the Clear All command. This command will remove all formatting from the selected cells, including number formats, font colors, and fill colors. To use the Clear All command, first select the cells you want to clear. Then, go to the Home tab on the ribbon and click the Clear button. From the drop-down menu, select Clear All. This will remove all the formatting from the selected cells.

The second way to clear formatting is to use the Clear Formatting command. This command will remove all formatting from the selected cells, except for number formats. To use the Clear Formatting command, first select the cells you want to clear. Then, go to the Home tab on the ribbon and click the Clear button. From the drop-down menu, select Clear Formatting. This will remove all the formatting from the selected cells, except for number formats.

The third way to clear formatting is to use the Clear Styles command. This command will remove all formatting from the selected cells, except for number formats and cell styles. To use the Clear Styles command, first select the cells you want to clear. Then, go to the Home tab on the ribbon and click the Clear button. From the drop-down menu, select Clear Styles. This will remove all the formatting from the selected cells, except for number formats and cell styles.

So, when should you use each of these commands? If you want to remove all formatting from a selection of cells, use the Clear All command. If you want to remove all formatting from a selection of cells, except for number formats, use the Clear Formatting command. If you want to remove all formatting from a selection of cells, except for number formats and cell styles, use the Clear Styles command.

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