How to bulk delete Character styles?

Inherited complex document from Word original
Filled with WW8%TW#G Styles etc
Individual right click, delete… is very time consuming

How to “bulk” delete these style?


here is what worked for me:

  • Select Custom Styles (dropdown at bottom of navigator)
  • Select the custom styles you want to delete (while SHIFT key is pressed; multi-select is not possible in Hierarchical view of styles)
  • Right click -> Delete

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Note Any default style (default in the sense of “delivered with the software”) cannot be deleted at all.

Tested using:

Version:, Build ID: 057fc023c990d676a43019934386b85b21a9ee99
CPU threads: 8; OS: Linux 4.12; UI render: default; VCL: kde5; 
Locale: en-US (en_US.UTF-8); UI-Language: en-US,Calc: threaded

Thank you - that works.
Any ideas how to remove Syles that are in use? It says that “deleting will revert to parent style” - but this does not work - style is not deleted. Bug?

On my system and version of LibreOffice deletion of a custom style in use instantaneously reverts to parent style as per warning message. Thus may be a bug within your version of LibreOffice – or a side effect of your document being a descendant of Word.

Mark your text. Click Format>Clear Direct Formatting (Ctrl+M). Your text will always keep a style (default). But you can assign styles to your text, including custom styles in LibreOffice.

No, I want to remove the styles from the Style list navigator