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I've been googling for how to do this for over 10 minutes. I can't figure out how to clear formatting in Outlook for Mac 2011. Is there a menu option or a keyboard shortcut to do this?

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I am also using Mac Outlook 2011. This is exactly what you need to do to remove formatting:

(I am assuming that the users have few lines of text which have the desired format & few lines of text which does not have the desired format.)

  1. Cut the lines of text which does not have the desired format(CMND+X).
  2. Focus the cursor wherever these lines need to be pasted.
  3. Use 'Shift-Opt-Command-V' or select "Paste and Match Style" from the 'Edit' menu drop-down. Finally, you get to see the lines of text without formatting in the mail.
  • This duplicates another answer and adds no new content. Please don't post an answer unless you actually have something new to contribute. – DavidPostill Aug 15 '16 at 7:34
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    Yes, even I saw. But let me tell you frankly the steps are not detailed. And I had to do lot of circus myself to get to know, how to achieve it. So, I shared this answer. So, others can easily achieve what they are trying to do. – Vishwathma Aug 16 '16 at 17:49
  • I think this is a better answer. Just saying "use paste and match style" begs the question: what if I already pasted? – jcollum Oct 6 '16 at 15:19
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try the command "paste and match style" its in the "edit" menu on the very top of the screen.

keyboard shortcut Command + Option + Shift + V (though you can change that)

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I'm on Mac 2011 Outlook and found the best way use Shift-Opt-Command-V (or "Paste and Match Style" from pull down. But make sure you're in a spot in your email body that doesn't have formatting.

Lame that there is no 'remove formatting' button.

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An alternative option is to cut the text into the clipboard, paste it into a plain-text TextEdit window, then paste it back.

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You can clear the styles, text effects, and font formatting from text in an email message. This includes content copied from another source, such as a webpage, a document, or another email message.

Select the text.

On the Message tab, in the Basic Text group, click Clear Formatting. Article

  • I don't see the "Basic Text" group. Can you show me a screenshot? – Daniel Kaplan Jan 8 '15 at 20:52
  • I tried to, I just don't have karma yet here is the article I found. Updating now. – christian7000 Jan 9 '15 at 0:37
  • Ah I saw this. I literally don't have these buttons. Any idea why? – Daniel Kaplan Jan 9 '15 at 0:50
  • I don't know I think you can customize items on your toolbar. Perhaps you accidentally removed it? – christian7000 Jan 9 '15 at 3:55
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    That article is for Outlook 2010 -- not Outlook Mac. Normally I'd downvote because you didn't answer the question, but your karma is so low... – jcollum Jun 19 '15 at 22:59

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