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How to paste text without the extra formatting

One of the biggest annoyances while trying to copy/paste anything in your word processor is text formatting. Often, you only want to copy and paste plain text from websites without bringing along all the formatting. But the default option on your browser doesn’t allow you to do that. So if that has always bothered you and you want to end that annoyance once and for all, you’re in the right place. Because today, we will show you how to copy/paste plain text without formatting on Windows 10 and Mac.

Copy/Paste Plain Text Without Formatting on Your PC

In this article, we have included special keyboard shortcuts to paste plain text, apps and browser extensions, and other methods to copy/paste text without formatting. We will also show you native options to paste text without formatting in Word, the most popular word processor worldwide. So without any further ado, let’s check out the various ways in which you can copy/paste plain text without formatting on your Mac or Windows 10 computer.

Method 1: Using Keyboard Shortcuts

Using a keyboard shortcut is, by far, the easiest way to paste plain text without formatting on your computer. To do that, press Ctrl+Shift+V to remove formatting instead of Ctrl+V on Windows. This method works in all major browsers while writing in WordPress, say for instance, and in most applications.

On a Mac, press Command+Option+Shift+V to ‘paste and match formatting’ in a document. However, this shortcut doesn’t work in MS Word, which uses a native method to paste plain text into the editor.

Method 2: Using Native Option in MS Word

You can paste text without formatting into MS Word using a special ‘Paste’ option on the ribbon. Once you’ve copied the target text with formatting, hit the Paste button on the MS Word ribbon. You get three options: ‘Keep Source Formatting,’ ‘Merge Formatting,’ and ‘Keep Text Only,’ as shown below.

How to paste text without the extra formatting

While the first one keeps the original formatting, the second one only keeps the basic formatting, like bold letters and bullet points, but changes the font to match your document. The third option pastes the plain text into Word, stripped of all the formatting.

Method 3: Using Browser Extensions

There are multiple extensions for Firefox and Chrome that remove all formatting from the selected text before copy/pasting. The one I use on Firefox is Copy PlainText (Free), while the best one on Chrome is Copy as Plain Text (Free). They both work pretty much the same way, by adding a ‘Copy PlainText’ or ‘Copy as Plain Text’ option, to the browser’s right-click context menu. On editors like WordPress, the extensions also add a ‘Paste PlainText’ option.

How to paste text without the extra formatting

Using browser extensions for Chrome and Firefox is probably the easiest and cleanest method to copy/paste plain text online. They give you the option to either retain the original formatting by using the default ‘Copy’ option in your browser’s right-click context menu or copy just the plain text by using the ‘Copy Plain Text’ option. They are also configurable, letting users set keyboard shortcuts to copy/paste plain text into their browser.

Method 4: Using Third-Party Software on Windows

If you’re using a Windows PC, you can download an ultra-lightweight utility called PureText (free). The easiest way to use PureText is to use its hotkey to paste text instead of using the standard Ctrl+V shortcut. The default Hotkey to paste plain text is Windows key + V [1], but you can change it as per your liking. To configure PureText, right-click on its tray icon and choose ‘Options’ from the pop-up menu. From the Options window, you can also set the program to run at each startup, so you don’t have to start it up manually [2].

How to paste text without the extra formatting

Method 5: Create Your Own Shortcut on Mac

On Mac, you can use System Preferences to customize the copy/paste default options. To get started, go to Apple menu > System Preferences and select Keyboard. Move to the Shortcuts tab and choose App Shortcuts from the left pane. You can then select the “+” icon below the box to create a new shortcut to copy/paste plain text without formatting. After that, type-in ‘Paste and Match Style‘ in the ‘Menu Title’ field and specify your own hotkeys on the Keyboard Shortcut box.

How to paste text without the extra formatting

Make sure to select All Applications in the first field to make this shortcut work across all compatible apps on that device. Finally, click on the Add button to set up your new keyboard shortcut. Now you can paste text without formatting across most apps on your Mac. Once this default action is activated, you will need to use Edit > Paste to paste with formatting.

How to paste text without the extra formatting

Method 6: Using Notepad on Windows and TextEdit on Mac

This is the clunkiest, most time-consuming, and the most user-unfriendly way to copy/paste plain text on your computer. It is fairly simple, though. Just copy the target text from anywhere, paste it in Notepad on your Windows 10 machine, and then copy that Notepad text to paste it in your document. It removes all the text formatting but is a two-step process.

How to paste text without the extra formatting

On Mac, you can use TextEdit for the same trick, but you’ll first have to set the app to use the plain text by going to TextEdit > Preferences and checking the Plain Text box. You can now paste any text in TextEdit to strip it of all formatting. You can then copy/paste that text snippet as plain text wanywhere.

How to paste text without the extra formatting

Easily Copy/Paste Text Without Formatting on Your Windows or Mac

Alongside the methods described above, many online document editors, like Google Docs, and CMS applications, like WordPress, also offer native options to copy/paste text without text formatting. So no matter what your use-case is, you will always find a way to copy and paste text without formatting online or offline. So go ahead, try out some of the methods described above and see which one tickles your fancy.

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If in a browser, copy & paste it into & out of the address bar.

Just use the run window to paste and then copy again to get the format free text. Simple and easy.

Windows +R, paste your text, and copy it again.

How to paste text without the extra formatting

By default, when you paste text copied from elsewhere into Word, you automatically get all the formatting with it. This formatting most likely does not match the rest of the content of your document and may not come in neatly.

You can choose to only keep the plain text every time you paste; however, this can be annoying to do manually every time. We will show you how to change the paste settings so anything pasted into Word will only be pasted as plain text.

To manually paste text without formatting, you can click Paste in the Clipboard section of the Home tab and select the Keep Text Only option.

How to paste text without the extra formatting

If you want to use Ctrl + V to paste text, the text will be pasted with the formatting by default. To change this default, and paste plain text without formatting automatically when using Ctrl + V, click Paste in the Clipboard section of the Home tab and select Set Default Paste.

How to paste text without the extra formatting

The Advanced screen on the Word Options dialog box displays. In the Cut, copy, and paste section, select Keep Text Only for any of the first four “Pasting” options. For example, if you are copying and pasting text from another program such as a web browser, change the Pasting from other programs option. Click OK to save your changes and close the Word Options dialog box.

How to paste text without the extra formatting

Now, when you copy and paste text into Word from other programs, it will automatically be pasted as plain text only and you can easily format it any way you want.

How to paste text without the extra formatting

When you paste text only, any images, links, or other text formatting in the original text will not be included in the pasted text. If all you want is the text, now you can easily get just the text without having to take the time to tweak the formatting.

How to paste text without the extra formatting

Most of the time we go to great pains to preserve formatting in our text and ensure it looks just the way we want it to. What if you’re frequently pasting text and you want to strip the formatting away in the process? Read on as we help a reader tweak his workflow to be faster and more streamlined.

I love reading all the articles on your web site about fixing problems and making thing more efficient. I especially love the Ask HTG column and now I’ve got a question of my own to submit for it. I have a little problem that I’m super confident you can help me with. I have to cut and paste a lot of text every day. The problem is that the source text has all sorts of different formatting (different web sites, different news articles, publications in my industry, etc.) and I need to put it all in a summary digest for my boss. My current solution, which I’ll be the first to admit is probably the worse, is to paste all the text into Notepad (because Notepad doesn’t preserve formatting) and then paste it into the final document where (if need be) I apply my own formatting before shipping it off to the boss.

Surely there is some way for me to copy and paste without the formatting that doesn’t involve copy/pasting every section of text twice? What should I do?

Problem solving is what we do best; we’re not going to let you leave this column still using Notepad as a middle man! There are several tricks you can use, depending on the operating system/application you’re working in. The first thing you can do, and the simplest to implement, is to switch from using CTRL+V (Paste) to CTRL+SHIFT+V (Paste Plain Text).

While this shortcut is fairly universal, in that it works in hundreds of applications and across operating systems, it isn’t actually a hardcoded system function and not all applications have to respond to it. For example, in Windows you can use CTRL+SHIFT+V to paste unformatted text into tons of programs like Google Chrome, Evernote, etc. but the shortcut isn’t support in, of all places, Microsoft Word (You can, however, use ALT+E+S in Microsoft Office apps to enable Paste Special which will allow you to select what formatting, if any, you want to preserve).

If the CTRL+SHIFT+V combo doesn’t work for the application you’re preparing your document in, don’t worry. Although it’s always nice to be able to use a keyboard shortcut natively with no extra work, we have two simple workarounds you can use to strip the formatting while keeping the simplicity of a single keyboard shortcut.

The first workaround relies on AutoHotkey. If you’re not already using AutoHotkey, well, there’s no time like the present to start. It’s the handiest little application we keep in our arsenal of daily use tools and there’s hardly a week that goes by where we don’t find a new use for it.

We’d recommend checking out our beginner’s guide to get a feel for what AHK is. Once you’ve installed it and familiarized yourself with the application, you can use this script to modify your paste shortcut to automatically strip the formatting using this handy bit of AHK code, called Better Paste, courtesy of Dustin Luck/Lifehacker:

$^+v:: ; CTRL+SHIFT+V
ClipSaved := ClipboardAll ;save original clipboard contents
clipboard = %clipboard% ;remove formatting
Send ^v ;send the Ctrl+V command
Clipboard := ClipSaved ;restore the original clipboard contents
ClipSaved = ;clear the variable
Return

[Note: We inverted the commands from Dustin’s original script; he had it set to CTRL+SHIFT+V for regular paste and CTRL+V for no-formatting paste. Because so many applications already support CTRL+SHIFT+V, we changed the shortcuts in order to keep things consistent and not train ourselves to use the wrong shortcut, and then removed the redundant CTRL+V script entry.]

We really like the AutoHotkey solution above because we’re already avid AHK users and it was no sweat to add it to our existing AHK master script.

How to paste text without the extra formatting

If you don’t want to mess around with AHK, however, there’s one more solution we can offer: PureText. We showed our readers how to use PureText back in 2009 and it’s still going strong. Install the app, select the shortcut combo you wish to use (like CTRL+SHIFT+V) and PureText will automatically strip the formatting from the text and paste it when the hotkey is triggered.

Whatever tool you use, you can skip that inefficient paste-to-Notepad routine and get your work done faster!

How to paste text without the extra formatting

On Windows 10, when using the Microsoft Word app, pasting content from a web browser, another document, or any other program will include the text along with the source formatting, whether you use the “Paste” option from the “Home” tab or the “Ctrl + V” keyboard shortcut.

Although you can always right-click to open the context menu and select the “Keep Text Only” option to perform a clean paste without formatting, these are additional steps you probably won’t remember every time you copy content from the web or another app.

Fortunately, just like in OneNote, if you’re using an Office 365 subscription or the standalone version of Office, Word 2019, 2016, and older versions include settings to set the default paste behavior to keep only the text without any weird formatting.

In this Windows 10 guide, we walk you through the steps to change the default paste settings of Microsoft Word to paste text from other programs without formatting.

How to set default paste settings for Microsoft Word

To paste text directly into a Word document without source formatting, use these steps:

    Open Microsoft Word.

Create a blank document.

Quick tip: You can save the extra steps to create a blank document using this tip to skip the start screen in Office.

Click on Options.

Under the “Cut, copy, and paste” section, use the “Paste from other programs” drop-down menu and select the Keep Text Only option.

How to paste text without the extra formatting

(Optional) Use the “Pasting between documents” drop-down menu, and select the Keep Only Text Option.

Quick tip: We’re only setting a new default for pasting content from the web, between documents, and other programs, but Microsoft Word also allows you to keep only the text as the default option when pasting within the same file as well as when there’s a styling conflict between documents.

  • Click the OK button.
  • Once you complete the steps, when copying fragments from the web, between documents, or another app, you can use the “Ctrl + V” keyboard shortcut or the “Paste” button from the “Home” tab to paste only the text without the source formatting.

    If you need to keep or merge the formatting of the content, you can still open the context menu in Word and select the pasting option.

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    The Paste is a universally used function of a program and operating system that allows the user to Copy text or image from one location and position it on the other location. Along with this excessively useful function comes unwanted source format. While copying the text using the Mouse key or Ctrl+C command, the user not only copies the text but also the format attached to the text. This small issue becomes problematic when you copy a large text body. On Windows 10, it is possible to paste text without the source format.

    The Copy-Paste feature can be problematic if you copy any program commands. Programmers copy the code and paste it over, it can cause an error. It is difficult to detect the location of the error.

    Pasting plain text is often required while taking the secondary data from the internet. The user often requires only text to be pasted which can later be formatted as the other text in the document.

    How to Paste Plain Text in Windows 10

    Direct copy paste is seen as a poor form of reuse. The copied text can be improved with little time investment. This cumbersome process has been reduced by the plain text setting illustrated in this post. There are various ways to paste plain text from different sources to the document.

    The copied text is either from the web or from some document. Here are three methods you can use to paste text without the format attached to it.

    1. Through the Keyboard shortcut.
    2. Using the Paste Special key.
    3. By using the Notepad.
    4. Clipboard History.
    5. Using freeware.

    Now let us see each method in detail:

    1] Through the Keyboard shortcut

    If the text has to be copied from the web like Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, simply use the Ctrl+Shift+V command. This command enables the user to copy only text leaving behind the format associated with it.

    Alternatively, you can right-click in the text area and select the Paste as plain text option from the context menu to paste the unformatted text. This method will work in browsers like Edge Chromium, Chrome, including Opera, and so on.

    2] Using the Paste Special key

    You can also Paste Plain Text Only in Word. The Microsoft Word document offers several pasting options to make cut, copy & paste easier for the user.

    Open the Word document where you want to paste the text. Once it opens, click on the Paste option on the top left of the ribbon menu then select Paste Special from the drop-down menu.

    It will open the Paste special window on the screen. Inside the window select Unformatted Text and click on the OK button.

    3] By using Notepad

    The copied content can also be unformatted by simply pasting it in the Notepad.

    Once you open the application, press the Ctrl+V keys to paste the text you have copied. The unformatted text then can be copied and used as per user requirement. So, press the Ctrl+A shortcut key to select the text and then use Ctrl+C keys to copy the text from the Notepad.

    4] Clipboard History

    Windows 10 Clipboard History will soon allow you to Paste as Text. The feature has been introduced in Insider builds and will roll out to the stable version soon.

    5] Using freeware

    Use this nifty little utility called Pure Text.

    With Pure Text you can copy the article without the rich formatting including bold, italics, underlining, tables and other embedded objects. So what this utility does is that it removes all sort of formatting. You can download Pure Text from the homepage.

    If you are looking for a feature-rich clipboard manager, you want to take a look at these free Clipboard Manager software for Windows. They let you do a lot more!

    Date: April 3, 2021 Tags: Features

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    For sure, you often use the Copy and Paste functions on your computer. You probably also know how to manage clipboard on your Android. However, while these functions appear easy-peasy, they actually bring some sort of annoyance: special formatting. What is it?

    You have surely experienced this: you copy some text from a website and paste it into a Word document. Unfortunately, no matter what you do, the font size and color won’t change. This is special formatting.

    Fret not. In this article, we will teach you how to remove formatting when pasting text.

    How to Paste Text Without Formatting in Word

    Without further ado, here is how to paste text as plain text in Word:

    Method #1: Use Notepad or Other Similar Alternatives.

    Windows Notepad is among the most basic programs that are built-in on your computer. As a basic program, it doesn’t support special formatting features like what other dedicated word processor programs, such as LibreOffice Writer and Microsoft Word, do.

    That said, you can use Notepad to paste any text that you want to strip of formatting. Paste the copied text into Notepad first. And then, copy it from Notepad and paste into Microsoft Word. The copied text from Notepad should be plain, without fancy fonts or colors sticking around.

    If Notepad is not available, you can try other alternatives like Notepad++ or Atom.

    Method #2: Try Office’s Special Paste Functions.

    If you enjoy using Microsoft Office products, you should know that a lot of pasting events occur across them. This means that if you are working on your research paper or setting up a slideshow, there are a lot of unwanted pasted extras on your clipboard. Thankfully, in just a few seconds, you can get rid of the extras and skip the formatting.

    There are a few ways to clear text formatting in Word. First, when you paste text, a small pop-up menu will show, giving you three options:

    • Keep Source Formatting – This will preserve all the text you copied.
    • Merge Formatting – This option will force the text you have pasted to match the text around it.
    • Keep Text Only – This option will paste only the text without special formatting.

    Simply choose from any of these options, and that’s it! If you want, you can also set one of the options as default.

    Method #3: Use a Dedicated Program.

    The first two solutions require you to manually check and ensure that the copied text is stripped of its formatting. But if you want to automate the process, you can use a dedicated program that is designed to remove special formatting.

    PureText is one program you can try. It is a free tool for Windows that performs the copy-paste-copy function, which is what you do when copying text from a website and pasting it into Notepad and copying it back again and pasting it into Word.

    To use PureText, download the version that is compatible with your Windows operating system. You don’t have to install it. Simply unzip the downloaded file, and you should be able to use it. You will know that it is up and running by checking the taskbar. There should be a PT icon in it. Right-click on it to open your available options.

    The default shortcut to access PureText is Windows + V. However, if you are not comfortable with it, you can set up pretty much any shortcut you want.

    Method #4: Use a Browser Extension.

    Aside from using PureText, you can also install a dedicated browser extension to remove special formatting.

    If you are using Firefox, the Copy Plain Text 2 extension will do the trick. As soon as you’ve installed it, you will have the Copy as Plain Text option on your menu. This allows you to copy anything in your browser without formatting.

    Of course, you can apply a few tweaks to the way text is copied. You can remove extra spaces and change special characters to plain text.

    For Chrome users, they can take advantage of the Copy as plain text extension. It is very easy to use. Just copy plain text, right-click, and choose the option. Voila! You have copied pure text without special formats. Although this extension does not have any keyboard shortcuts for ease of access, it’s still worth trying.

    Method #5: Use Keyboard Shortcuts.

    True, browser extensions are life-savers for this problem. But did you know that your browsers support shortcuts for pasting plain text? Regardless of whether you are using Chrome or Firefox, pressing the CTRL + Shift + V shortcut will allow you to paste plain text minus the extras!

    What About Computers Running Linux and MacOS?

    Even when your computer is running Linux or macOS, you can still strip the special formatting of copied text. Here’s how:

    For macOS:

    • Use the Shift + Option + CMD + V shortcut to paste without formatting.
    • Install the extensions you want on your browser.
    • Use your Mac’s version of Notepad: Copy and paste text that you want, and that’s it. However, if it’s your first time using it, you might have to go to the Format menu and select Make Plain Text to keep special formatting out by default.
    • Install a trusted clipboard manager like This allows you to paste unformatted and unstyled text.
    • If you want to force unformatted text system-wide, navigate to System Preferences -> Keyboard -> Keyboard Shortcuts -> Application Shortcuts. From here, click on the + sign to add a shortcut. In the Application box, select All Applications. Go to the Menu Title section and input Paste and Match Style. Finally, go to the Keyboard Shortcut box and input Command + V. Hit Add, and you should be all set.

    For Linux:

    • If you are using older Linux versions, simply use CTRL + Shift + V to paste plain text without special formatting.
    • You can also use a text editor like Gedit to remove the formatting before pasting the copied text elsewhere.
    • Browser extensions work in Linux as well.

    Congratulations, You Are a Pasting Expert!

    As you’ve noticed, it does not really matter whether you are copying an entire page or a paragraph’s worth of text. What’s important is that there are many pasting methods that will remove special formatting from copied text. You just have to find one that works best for you.

    If your computer is running Windows, your best option is to use PureText or use the universal shortcut for pasting plain text. But if you are using macOS or Linux, installing browser extensions will suffice.

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    What is your favorite way to remove special text formatting on your computer? Have you used any of the methods above before? Comment below to let us know.

    How to paste text without the extra formatting

    On Windows 10, when copying and pasting content from an external source (such as a website or document), OneNote will paste the text along with the source formatting and source link whether you use the “Ctrl + V” keyboard shortcut or “Paste” option from the right-click context menu.

    If you want to paste only the text, you always have to remember to open the context menu, click the sub-menu, and select the “Keep Text Only” option, which is not a complicated process, but it takes extra steps, and you’re not likely to remember it every time you import fragments from the web or another document.

    Luckily, if you copy and paste content regularly, OneNote includes an option to change the default paste settings to keep text without weird formatting or links.

    In this Windows 10 guide, we walk you through the steps to change the default configuration of OneNote to paste just the text without formatting or link.

    How to set the default paste option for OneNote

    To change the default paste settings for OneNote to keep text only, use these steps:

    1. Open OneNote.
    2. Click on Settings and More (three-dotted button) in the top-right corner.

    Click the Settings option.

    How to paste text without the extra formatting

    Click on Options.

    How to paste text without the extra formatting

    Under the “Paste Options” section, use the drop-down menu as the Keep Text Only option.

    How to paste text without the extra formatting

  • Turn off the Include link to source option.
  • Once you complete these steps, when copying content from the web, you can quickly use the “Ctrl + V” keyboard shortcut to paste only the text without the formatting or link to the original source.

    If you need to keep or merge the formatting, you can still right-click, click the “Paste” sub-menu, and select the pasting option you need.

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    Usually, the pasted text has its formatting, so you need to reformat it after pasting, or paste the copied text with the option Keep Text Only (see below how to paste block as a text).

    You can customize Word to paste any block of text without its formatting:

    1. On the File tab, click Options:

    2. In the Word Options dialog box, on the Advanced tab, under Cut, copy, and paste:

    • In the Pasting within the same document list, choose how to paste the content into the same document from which you copied the content:
      • Keep Source Formatting (Default)
      • Merge Formatting
      • Keep Text Only
    • In the Pasting between documents list, choose how to paste the copied content from another Word document.
    • In the Pasting between documents when style definitions conflict list, choose how to paste the copied content from another Word document if the style assigned to the copied text is defined differently in the destination document.
    • In the Pasting from other programs list, choose how to paste the content that was copied from another program, such as a browser, PDF files, etc.:

    How to paste text without the extra formatting

    Note: If you copied some block of text to the Clipboard and then want to paste it into a document without changing the current formatting, on the Home tab, in the Clipboard group, in the Paste list, choose Keep Text Only:

    How to paste text without the extra formatting

    If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to ask OfficeToolTips team.

    The Paste is a universally used function of a program and operating system that allows the user to Copy text or image from one location and position it on the other location. Along with this excessively useful function comes unwanted source format. While copying the text using the Mouse key or Ctrl+C command, the user not only copies the text but also the format attached to the text. This small issue becomes problematic when you copy a large text body. On Windows 10, it is possible to paste text without the source format.

    The Copy-Paste feature can be problematic if you copy any program commands. Programmers copy the code and paste it over, it can cause an error. It is difficult to detect the location of the error.

    Pasting plain text is often required while taking the secondary data from the internet. The user often requires only text to be pasted which can later be formatted as the other text in the document.

    How to Paste Plain Text in Windows 10

    Direct copy paste is seen as a poor form of reuse. The copied text can be improved with little time investment. This cumbersome process has been reduced by the plain text setting illustrated in this post. There are various ways to paste plain text from different sources to the document.

    The copied text is either from the web or from some document. Here are three methods you can use to paste text without the format attached to it.

    1. Through the Keyboard shortcut.
    2. Using the Paste Special key.
    3. By using the Notepad.
    4. Clipboard History.
    5. Using freeware.

    Now let us see each method in detail:

    1] Through the Keyboard shortcut

    If the text has to be copied from the web like Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, simply use the Ctrl+Shift+V command. This command enables the user to copy only text leaving behind the format associated with it.

    Alternatively, you can right-click in the text area and select the Paste as plain text option from the context menu to paste the unformatted text. This method will work in browsers like Edge Chromium, Chrome, including Opera, and so on.

    2] Using the Paste Special key

    You can also Paste Plain Text Only in Word. The Microsoft Word document offers several pasting options to make cut, copy & paste easier for the user.

    Open the Word document where you want to paste the text. Once it opens, click on the Paste option on the top left of the ribbon menu then select Paste Special from the drop-down menu.

    It will open the Paste special window on the screen. Inside the window select Unformatted Text and click on the OK button.

    3] By using Notepad

    The copied content can also be unformatted by simply pasting it in the Notepad.

    Once you open the application, press the Ctrl+V keys to paste the text you have copied. The unformatted text then can be copied and used as per user requirement. So, press the Ctrl+A shortcut key to select the text and then use Ctrl+C keys to copy the text from the Notepad.

    4] Clipboard History

    Windows 10 Clipboard History will soon allow you to Paste as Text. The feature has been introduced in Insider builds and will roll out to the stable version soon.

    5] Using freeware

    Use this nifty little utility called Pure Text.

    With Pure Text you can copy the article without the rich formatting including bold, italics, underlining, tables and other embedded objects. So what this utility does is that it removes all sort of formatting. You can download Pure Text from the homepage.

    If you are looking for a feature-rich clipboard manager, you want to take a look at these free Clipboard Manager software for Windows. They let you do a lot more!

    Date: April 3, 2021 Tags: Features

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    Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

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