How to Copy/Paste Plain Text Without Formatting on Mac

Have you ever needed to copy some text, but the formatting is causing you problems? We have a solution for that. This blog post will teach you how to paste plain text without formatting using keyboard shortcuts on Mac.

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What is Copy and Paste?

Copy and Paste is a technique for transferring text, images, or other data from one point to another. When you copy and paste, whatever you put your cursor over will be duplicated and highlighted until you decide to copy it.

When you copy text from one app or document to another, using the common keyboard shortcut command + V keeps the text style, font, images and links from the source. That’s sometimes useful, but it’s frequently the case that you’ll need to make changes to the text style.

How to Use Keyboard Shortcuts for Copying and Pasting on a Mac

Select the text you wish to copy by highlighting it with your mouse or trackpad.

To copy the highlighted text, hold down the Command key and then press the “C” key. Then move your mouse cursor to where you want it pasted.

To paste it, hold the Command key and then press the “V” key.

(With Command + X, you may cut the text.)

‘Paste and Match Style’ on macOS

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A feature known as “Paste and Match Style may be familiar to experienced Mac users. Instead of pasting in the text and formatting, only the text is copied, adopting the format of the document you’re pasting into.

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I’m copying a paragraph from a 12pt Roboto document and pasting it into a 14pt Arial document, so I’ll probably want the paragraph to be 14pt Arial to maintain consistency.

If that’s how you prefer to work, there’s good news: macOS allows you to change the shortcut keys so that Paste and Match Style is the default!

Using Sublime Text

What is Sublime? Sublime Text is a sophisticated text editor for code, markup and prose. It features rich support for plugins, macros, syntax highlighting and code folding, as well as superb performance.

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paste plain text macos


Using Sublime Text is a easy way to paste text without any formatting on a Mac. Simply open Sublime Text and create a new document. This will open a new window.

Now, paste your text into this window. The text will be pasted without any formatting.

I have been using this way to paste text without formatting on a Mac for quite a while and it works perfectly.

How to Set ‘Paste and Match Style’ as Default on Macbook

Open the Keyboard preference window (Go to System Preferences > Keyboard) and select “Shortcuts” tab

On the left column, choose “App Shortcuts.”

Paste Plain Text Without Formatting

To add a new shortcut, click the “+” button.

Use the “All Applications”, and fill in the “Paste and Match Style” at Menu Title. (The letter must be precisely that, with the correct capitalization). Check the image below.

Click the box, type in a keyboard shortcut, and then press Command (⌘) + V from your keyboard. Then, click “Add”.

When you paste with the keyboard shortcut (⌘+V), only the text will be pasted, not the formatting.

More: You can also paste the formatting, which you will need to search for the plain “Paste” in your Edit menu.

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Paste and Match Style is a handy shortcut on the Mac that allows you to paste text without formatting. With Paste and Match Styles, users can copy plain text from one document or app to another while maintaining the style of their choice. This way when using Paste, only the text will be copied instead of any formatting.

The following is a list of steps that you can take to paste text without formatting. This will help with pasting plain text into programs like Safari, Notion, Google Docs, Microsoft Word, and PowerPoint. If you’re looking for more information on the topic or need assistance with this process please comment below.

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