Adam Baney

Mac Tip #1: Paste Without Formatting

I frequently find it annoying when I paste text into an email or a Word document, to find that the text that I just pasted retained the styled (and typically clunky) formatting from the source I copied from. Thankfully, there is a way around this.

Just so it’s clear, I have not used Windows for about 10 years now. The Windows method below may or may not work. I haven’t tested it.

To start, copy the needed text as per usual (Mac shortcut: Cmd + C). Next, use the extended keyboard shortcut below to strip the formatting from the text when pasting the copied text into an email, Word doc, etc.

Shift + Cmd + Option + V

Shift + Ctrl + V

Voila! Plain text magic…

8 years ago | Mar 12, 2016 | 2 Responses

About the Author

Adam is a visual communicator (currently Sr. Graphic Designer) at Calvary Church in Albuquerque, NM. He has been designing for print, web, and digital advertising for over 15 years, and is passionate about helping small and large businesses succeed through advertising and brand identity.


  1. Johann Strahl says:

    This is really cumbersome on a Mac. I ended up buying a cheap app that always removes all formatting. Perfect for me! It’s called Plain text copy:

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