How to Remove Document Formatting in OpenOffice

By C. Taylor Writer offers a powerful word processing suite with similar functionality as Microsoft Word. Most of the same formatting options are available including, fonts, font size and effects. If you need to remove all these formatting options from a document you have two options. You can choose to return to the default formatting or you can save the file as a text file, which strips all formatting. The latter option also removes page layout settings.

Default Formatting

Step 1

Hold the "Ctrl" key and press "A" while viewing your Writer document. This selects all the text in the document.

Step 2

Click "Format" in the top menu.

Step 3

Click "Default Formatting" from the drop-down menu. Alternatively, hold the "Ctrl" key and press "M."

Save As Text

Step 1

Click "File" in the top menu and select "Save As."

Step 2

Click the drop-down menu next to "Save as type" and select "Text (.txt)."

Step 3

Enter a "File name" and click "Save."

Step 4

Click "Keep Current format" in the confirmation window, which states formatting cannot be saved in a text file.

Tips & Warnings

  • These techniques also work in's Calc spreadsheet program. However, you would save as a "Text CSV (.csv)" file rather than a standard TXT file.

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