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Hi :)
For my company's newsletter i sometimes copy&paste into a text-editor
and then re-select and copy&paste from there.

Fairly recently i found i could use
Shift Ctrl v
and go to the bottom of the pop-up box that gives me to "Paste as
unformatted text" and that usually strips away all strange formatting.
 The only thing it doesn't get rid of is when people press "Enter" or
"Return" at the end of each line.  I guess going back to the
text-editor method might be an easier way of doing that.  In the GEdit
text-editor i would search for

Even though it removes the odd 1 or 2 bits of formatting that you do
want to keep i tend to find it more efficient to just get rid of the
whole lot and then reapply styles (such as "Heading 3") and then maybe
open the styles pop-up to edit that style.

I used to pick little bits&bobs to unformat or chunks or maybe whole
paragraphs but it involves much more faffing around than so doing the
whole lot in one go and then sorting the headings and stuff.  It might
take a little while before you find the best work-flow for you.

Regards from
Tom :)

On 28 November 2013 13:25, pbw <> wrote:
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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