When applying paragraph styles in QuarkXPress, you can remove all local character formatting and Character styles by holding down the Option key when clicking on the paragraph style in the Style Sheets palette.
You can keep the local character formatting but remove local paragraph formatting by holding down Shift-Option instead. This is handy for removing manually applied leading, space before/after, indents, etc., without losing local character formatting.
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