Reversing, removing and converting formatting
If you've just formatted some text with unexpected and unwanted results, remember that the quickest way to remove it may be simply to press Ctrl+Z or click the Undo toolbutton (see Undo and Redo)! You may have to do this a few times to take you back to your original format.
Removing formatting after combining small blocks
When removing formatting from many small blocks, it is often quicker to combine them into one first. E.g., in this sentence "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog", the easiest method is to highlight the whole sentence, press Ctrl+U once or twice to underline it all, then press Ctrl+U again to remove all underlining.
Removing formatting by converting rich text to plain text
You can convert the whole of a rich text or HTML article to plain text by:
- Clicking Main menu ⁄ Format ⁄ Convert ⁄ to plain text; or
- Clicking Article context menu ⁄Convert to plain text; or
- Pressing Shift+Alt+T.
This feature is enabled only when the Article pane has focus. Note that this command removes all images as well from the current article.
You can remove all formatting and images from articles of all nodes in the current subtree by selecting Main menu ⁄ Tree ⁄ Convert ⁄ All subtree articles to Plain Text, or Tree context menu ⁄Convert ⁄ All subtree articles to Plain Text. In order to select the whole subtree, this feature is only enabled when the Tree pane has focus. You will be prompted to confirm this.
Be careful using these methods as they do the job very thoroughly, changing text color and font size to that of the default article font. You should be quite sure that articles hidden in lower levels of the selected subtree do not contain irreplaceable images before you execute the subtree conversion command. If in doubt, back up your file first.
Why might these commands be useful?
- You might have so many different fonts and formatting styles in the article that the easiest way to achieve uniform formatting is to remove them all and start again!
- You might wish to paste in some plain text so that the whole article will be plain text.
- An article entirely in plain text takes up a good deal less space than one in Rich Text Format. See Article formats.
- Converting a whole subtree to plain text is also a quick way to remove all images from the subtree.
- If the tree's Root node is selected for subtree conversion, the whole file will become plain text, with the exception of node formatting.
Note that your article can be in RTF, yet you can copy it to the Windows Clipboard as plain text, for pasting into a plain text editor, etc. See Copy special and Paste special.
Converting part of an article to plain text
To convert only part of an article to plain text, highlight the block you wish to convert, press Shift+Ctrl+C to copy it to the Windows Clipboard as plain text,
then, while the same block is still highlighted, press Ctrl+V to paste in the plain text. Alternatively, you could press Ctrl+C to copy it to the Windows clipboard as its original rich text, then press Shift+Ctrl+V to paste it in as plain text. In both cases, only boldface, italics and underlining are stripped away; the text pasted in matches the surrounding text in font size and color. See Copy special and Paste special.
You may wish to use either of these methods for the whole article instead of Main menu ⁄ Format ⁄ Convert ⁄ to plain text, if you wish to preserve font size and color.