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Here's an earlier post from Pablo Dotro:
On 11/07/13 07:50, Virgil Arrington wrote: 
Once you apply your style, you can clear any direct formatting by 
selecting the text and hitting <Ctrl-M>. Everything should then snap 
to the style-controlled formatting. 

I've seen a case when this not always work. If you apply some direct 
formatting (i.e. bold something by hand), then apply some charactery 
style, then a paragraph style (with the format you really wanted in the 
first place)... what you get is a mix of applied formatting that almost 
never corresponds to the style you wanted. If you clear the direct 
formatting there, it does not reset completely. You have to also remove 
the applied character style to get the text to respond completely to the 
paragraph style. 
It's annoying, but It could be considered a feature, not a bug ;-) 

Pablo M. Dotro 

That's the case I'm talking about. I've struck it as well. I suspect it
might be tied up with list style interactions, but I can't be sure. I
certainly ran into it in an imported .doc converted to .odt. (Not a very
complex document, with few styles and lots of "hand" formatting, spaces and

There is, in fact, another 'clear formatting' option.

If you open the style list pull-down, and scroll t the very top, there is a
"Clear formatting" option, which behaves very differently from the "Clear
direct formatting ^M" option. It does seem to perform a pretty radical
paragraph formatting reset. However, as I no longer have access to the
intermediate forms of the file I was working on, I can't test to see whether
it solves the problem.

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