How to remove the grey background from Microsoft Word

When some people look at the picture below then they most likely will guess it is a text highlight or table cell. Unfortunately it is neither of it.


It is actually shading.  See the video below.

How to remove the grey background from Microsoft Word


Key takeaway:

Press Shift + F1 to make the Reveal Formatting pane appear.

About chanmingman

Since March 2011 Microsoft Live Spaces migrated to Wordpress ( till now, I have is over 1 million viewers. This blog is about more than 50% telling you how to resolve error messages, especial for Microsoft products. The blog also has a lot of guidance teaching you how to get stated certain Microsoft technologies. The blog also uses as a help to keep my memory. The blog is never meant to give people consulting services or silver bullet solutions. It is a contribution to the community. Thanks for your support over the years. Ming Man is Microsoft MVP since year 2006. He is a software development manager for a multinational company. With 25 years of experience in the IT field, he has developed system using Clipper, COBOL, VB5, VB6, VB.NET, Java and C #. He has been using Visual Studio (.NET) since the Beta back in year 2000. He and the team have developed many projects using .NET platform such as SCM, and HR based applications. He is familiar with the N-Tier design of business application and is also an expert with database experience in MS SQL, Oracle and AS 400.
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4 Responses to How to remove the grey background from Microsoft Word

  1. Robin says:

    Thank you so very much that was very easy I wasted so much time reading a bunch of people that have no clue. Again thank you

  2. Kalen Rudd says:

    Thank you so much. This works for Word 2013 too.

  3. Mitch says:

    thank you so for this info. It’s very helpful:)

  4. iammarkjkirk says:

    I have you to thank for teaching me Shift + F1 — another feather in your cap!

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