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Completely clear all formatting of a range in Excel

In Excel, you can apply the Clear Formats function to quickly clear only the formatting that’s applied to selected cells, and it cannot clear the formatting that’s applied to the data or contents. But with Kutools for Excel’s Clear Characters Formatting feature, you can quickly clear all formatting from a range, no matter the formatting that’s applied to the cells or the contents in Excel.

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1. Select a range that you want to clear all characters formatting.

2. Click Kutools > Format > Clear Characters Formatting, see screenshot:

3. Then all of the characters formats have been removed completely. See screenshots:

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The differences between Kutools for Excel’s Clear Characters Formatting and Excel’s Clear Formats:

In the following screenshot, you will see there are two cells, the cell 1 which has been applied the font color BLUE. But the cell 2 is using the font color BLACK, but the some contents in this cell have been applied to other font colors. See screenshot:


Let’s see what will happen after applying both functions.

After applying Excel’s Clear Formats:


After applying Kutools for Excel’s Clear Characters Formatting:


As you can see, the Clear Formats in Excel won’t clear the formatting that’s applied to the contents.

Note: This tool supports Undo.

Demo: Completely clear all formatting of a range in Excel

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You can clear all of the formatting from selected cells by first selecting the cells from which you want to remove all of the formatting. When formatting a cell in excel using VBA you may want to make sure you are starting with a clean slate, or removing any possible formatting.
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