How to Paste Raw Text Almost Anywhere


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Copy and paste moves more than just text. It often brings with it the formatting of web pages and other documents. You can paste raw into almost any application to get just the text without the extra formatting. Use this keyboard shortcut.

Plain means no line breaks, no different font sizes, no bold or italics, and no hyperlinks. You won’t have to waste time removing formatting elements from your document. You will get only the text you copied as if you had typed it directly into the app you are pasting it into.

To paste without formatting, press Ctrl + Shift + V instead of Ctrl + V. This works in a wide variety of applications, including web browsers like Google Chrome. It should work on Windows, Chrome OS and Linux.

On a Mac, press Command + Option + Shift + V to “paste and match format” instead. This also works in most Mac apps.

Unfortunately, this keyboard shortcut does not work in Microsoft Word. To paste without formatting into Word, you can use the Paste Special option on the ribbon to “Keep Text Only.” You can also set Word’s default paste options to “Keep text only.”

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If this keyboard shortcut doesn’t work in your app of choice, there’s always the low-tech method: open a plain text editor like Notepad, paste your text into it, and then select and copy the text. You will get the plain text copied to your clipboard and you can paste it into any application.

For a faster way to do this, we also show how to use AutoHotkey to automatically remove all formatting from text that you copy to your clipboard.

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