Copy/Paste without Formatting

#FAQ Sometimes pasting in ETO requires pasting without formatting.

Updated over a week ago


  1. Our simplest solution is to paste any text that you want to strip of formatting into Notepad first, then copy it again. Once you grab Notepad’s version, you’ll have only the text and won’t have to worry about any colors or alternative fonts sticking around. 

  2. A lot of pasting occurs into Microsoft Office products, and if you’re typing a paper, coming up with a slideshow, or preparing a graphic in Publisher, the extras are probably unwanted. Thankfully, with an extra click, you can skip the formatting when you paste in Office.

You have a few ways of clearing text formatting. First, once you paste, a small pop-up will appear and give you three options:

  • Keep Source Formatting will preserve the text as you copied it. (Shortcut: Press CTRL + K, to select this after pasting).

  • Merge Formatting will force the text you’re pasting to match the text around it. (Shortcut: Press CTRL + M, to choose this after pasting).

  • Keep Text Only will only take the text and give it no other formatting. (Shortcut: Press CTRL+ T, to do this quickly after pasting). (Most Recommended) 

In Mac OS X:

  1. You can use Shift + Option + Command + V to paste without formatting (or with whatever format the pasted text is placed into). The Chrome shortcut from Windows is the same: Command + Shift + Option + V, and you can install the extensions if you want.

  2. Using TextEdit, the Mac equivalent to Notepad, you can copy and paste text as in the first method outlined above. You may need to choose Format > Make Plain Text (Command + Shift + T); to keep formatting out by default, go to Preferences and under Format, choose Plain Text.

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