In Microsoft Word, direct formatting is great when used conservatively, but removing it in a document littered with it is difficult. These Word tips might help.
As a general rule, I recommend using as little direct formatting in Microsoft Word as possible. It’s hard to track and, if you change your mind, you can find yourself with a tedious and time-consuming task: manually removing a lot of formatting.
Direct formatting is the formatting you apply manually, such as clicking the Bold or Italics button–it isn’t part of the applied style. Sometimes it’s not even formatting you applied–lots of us inherit documents that need revamping.
The good news is that you don’t have to remove direct formats one by one: There are ways to quickly remove direct formatting. There’s also a method…