Paste text without formatting

Updated: 12/31/2020 by Computer Hope
Plain text versus formatted text.

When referring to rich-text, like found on a web page, Word document, or e-mail, the formatting remains when it is copied then pasted elsewhere. For example, if you were to copy this paragraph of text, "This is bold" would remain bold when you paste it into any other document that supports rich-text. Anyone needs plain text pasting frequently may find having a universal shortcut key beneficial.

Free Software

We recommend the free tool PureText, which runs in the background and can paste plain text into any program using the same shortcut key your choosing (Windows key+V by default). PureText is capable of removing font faces, font styles (i.e., bold, italic, etc.), font colors, paragraph styles, extra spacing, tables, and pictures from any text you copy.

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In most versions of Windows Ctrl+Windows key+V also pastes text as plain text.

Additional information

  • See our paste special definition for additional information about this feature and how to use it.
  • See our paste and text definition for further information and related links on this term.