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How do I reformat an entire document in MSWord?

By rayrodriguez75 ·
We get in hundreds of resumes that have to be completely reformatted in MS Word. I have tried using a Macro which resets some of the formatting but unless the document has many of the same features as the one the Macro was created in, it returns an error msg. Many of the resumes that we receive have Macros and special formatting created by people who are programmers using advanced features in MS Word. I have tried many of the features in Word to reset, or release all of the formatting including things like special spacing, margins, headings, bold and all caps, as well as the insertion of page and paragraph breaks.
Is there any simple or even complicated steps in Word which can get rid of all formatting so that it does not have to be done manually one item or paragraph at a time?
Any help would be sincerely appreciated.

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here's one way

by wordworker In reply to How do I reformat an enti ...

Select the entire document (Ctrl-A), then go Edit | Paste Special | Unformatted Text. That will overwrite the formatted text with plain text. Unfortunately, this isn't a perfect solution, since some of the special characters like bullets will survive the special pasting. However, while the whole thing is selected, any paragraph-level formatting changes you make should affect ever 'graph, so you could fix some of the indentations that way. Leading spaces, on the other hand, still will require special attention.

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A couple of things to try

by Malcolm R In reply to How do I reformat an enti ...

Select all the text, open the "Styles and Formatting" window from the toolbar or Format menu, then click "Clear formatting."

If that doesn't do the trick, you can always open the document, do a "Save As", and choose "Plain Text." The resulting .TXT file will have zero formatting left in it. Of course, things like tables will disappear along with the rest of the formatting.


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