Formatting Issues
Thread poster: Amel Abdullah

Amel Abdullah  Identity Verified
Arabic to English
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May 3, 2014

I am working with a document in Word 2010 that is poorly formatted. When faced with such a situation, I usually strip away all the formatting and fix everything from scratch. This time, however, I would like to keep certain aspects of the formatting. For example, many words in the document are italicized, and I would like to keep the italics. Is there any way I can remove all the problematic formatting without losing these italics?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions you may have.


Pavel Slama  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 00:31
Member (2014)
English to Czech
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Copy’n’paste May 4, 2014

Hi Amel, I usually achieve this by copying and pasting somewhere, then copying and pasting back into a new Word document. This *somewhere* would be a simpler word processor (eg WordPad that comes with Windows, or even a suitable website or forum form). You can also experiment with “merge formatting” option when pasting within Word itself, into a new document.

Hope that helps.


Rolf Keller
Local time: 01:31
English to German
Search&Replace back and forth May 4, 2014

It depends on the actual formatting.

A general solution for keeping a certain character style (not a paragraph style):

Use Search& Replace and replace all words in question by a tricky substitute.
E. g. replace all italic words by {word}.

Then delete all character styles and perform a back-replace afterwards, again via Search&Replace: Search all words that are surrounded with {}, replace these words by italic ones and delete the {}.

You'll need Word's Advanced Search options to do that.


Amel Abdullah  Identity Verified
Arabic to English
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Thanks May 8, 2014

Thank you both for your suggestions. I'm still working on it!


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