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Powerful and customisable formatting clearance.
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Overview
Text Cleaner is essentially a much more sophisticated version of the ‘clear formatting’ command which allows the user to preserve things like italics and bold. It also removes line breaks, multiple spaces and other annoying features often present in text copied from elsewhere. This leaves headings and paragraphs that conform to the document’s styles.

**Important**

1. Paragraph-level attributes such as line spacing and indent are only cleared when entire paragraphs are selected.

2. Text Cleaner replaces line breaks with spaces. This splits words in half if they contain a line break mid-word. This is unavoidable.

3. Line breaks in copied text are often actually paragraph breaks, so be sure to select this option if line breaks remain after cleaning.

4. The options to remove various annoyances are based on complicated scripting. It is recommended that the user disables these when they are not needed to make the add-on run more efficiently.

5. Removing links also removes underlining in any selected text, even if that text is not a link. This is an idiosyncrasy of Google App Scripts. This is why Text Cleaner will not allow you to select both ‘preserve underling’ and ‘remove links’.

6. Text Cleaner does not remove highlighting/background colour from list bullets or numbers. This has to be done manually where it exists.
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Freckled Gayesus
January 23, 2023
It worked perfectly in removing my annoying double lines without messing up my formatting! Thanks a lot! (::
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Mohamad Gholami
August 9, 2022
This app used to be a life-saver if you dealt with text that had to be cleaned. But recently, it has stopped working.
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Vicky Vixen
June 6, 2022
It might not be fully functional, but still works like a charm for simple formatting retaining certain features.
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David Schwarz
September 23, 2021
This is great! Really simple and configurable tool to fix annoying formatting issues when moving text from one doc to another (for example). Using it to remove paragraph breaks when I'm moving transcripts of interviews from a spreadsheet to a doc and it works perfectly. Thanks! Would love to see a shortcut option to speed things up a bit if a future version is planned.
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Skull Rose (Skull&Roses)
April 17, 2022
Got it because I wanted it to eliminate empty lines that pop up when pasting text. It doesn't do that. The option to eliminate like breaks destroys all paragraphs entirely, so its completely useless.
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Bria Sativa Aguayo
January 15, 2022
Did exactly what I needed it to. I had copied something I wanted to rewrite from a blog, and it ended up with a bunch of random extra spaces. Poof, gone. Thanks!
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Chris Cooper
April 9, 2021
I was so hoping this would allow me to replace newlines with double newlines. But no. So I tried the Learn more link, but this was a 404 bad URL So I clicked to report the issue, but this was also a 404 bad URL. It did work to do basic cleaning for sure, but my experience was the lack of valid links to learn more, or report issues, which loses confidence in something that is otherwise a good add on.
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Steve Campbell
April 10, 2021
Apparently no one supports this software. All links go to 404 pages or get Privacy Warnings from Chrome. Does NOT remove links from a Docs file in any case, at least not for me. Why is this app in the marketplace?
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kentigar
March 1, 2021
Be sure to reload page before trying to use this app. Only good for cleaning citations imo. If you have different spacings in the same document (like a dissertation), you will lose everything and it becomes single-spaced. I used "Remove links and underlining" to clean up Paperpile issues and then had to return to redo the underlining.
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Paddy Landau
October 14, 2021
I installed this extension to smarten my quotes, but it flat-out doesn't do anything. I've followed the instructions, and carefully selected the paragraphs, but nothing happens :(
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