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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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Jonathan Dance
September 15, 2017
It seems to me that as long as you follow the instructions marked **important** this tool works really well
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A User of Text Cleaner
July 29, 2019
The 'Smarten Quotes' option that I needed is flawed. I was using it with tabs at the start of lines, but if there are tabs then the smart quotes come out wrong. It goes something like this: <tab><closing quote><sentence><closing quote> I wouldn't have thought that a whitespace character would have such an effect but I guess my use case wasn't tested.
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A User of Text Cleaner
September 6, 2017
Most of the options do not work. If I selected clear line breaks and then tell it to clean it, nothing happens. If I select clear line/paragraph breaks independently of the check boxes, it works but then it is no better than the other add-ons. It is actually worse because it is harder to select that one line from the list than it is in the other programs.
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A User of Text Cleaner
April 28, 2018
As other users have noted, please do read the instructions before complaining! The tool works as advertised. A welcome addition would be the ability to remove empty paragraphs (and paragraphs that only contain whitespace). Adding blank paragraphs before and after titles is one of those pernicious habits from users who do not understand headings, and removing those extra marks is not easy to do from the UI. See this snippet, for example: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/39962369/how-to-find-and-remove-blank-paragraphs-in-a-google-document-with-google-apps-sc/50073932#50073932
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A User of Text Cleaner
July 26, 2019
Amazingly useful app! So glad I found it! If I could request a feature it would be a shortcut :)
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A User of Text Cleaner
June 1, 2017
Excellent and extremely useful. I think even Microsoft Word doesn't include most of the features that this extension provides.
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A User of Text Cleaner
January 10, 2019
Fixes what I've had to do manually for years. Opened up new possibilities for projects that were otherwise impossible from a time standpoint.
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A User of Text Cleaner
January 15, 2020
Hyperlink removal does not work for me regardless of how I try it (entire doc, portion of doc, direct select, or via custom clean settings). Tried help and submit feedback but they both are dead-end 404's.
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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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Danish Iltaf Satti
July 18, 2020
Not working
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