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Windows copies and pastes Rich Text. I want it to copy and paste only raw text. Is there any way to change this behaviour globally?

Someone in another thread suggested to use AutoHotKey tho change this, but I don't think this will work with my current clipboard manager YC3

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Well.. no global but I just press WIN+R and paste there, ctrl+a, ctrl+c, its raw. Other way to open a notepad and do the same. – Shiki Oct 20 '10 at 11:49
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Have a look at PureText.

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As Shiki suggested the following steps do the trick:

  1. Win+R

  2. Ctrl+V

  3. Ctrl+A

  4. Ctrl+C

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For multiline, perform these steps between 1 and 2: Win+R, notepad, enter – doppelgreener Oct 20 '10 at 13:42
@Axidos In Windows 7 is even easier: Win, note, enter – Jader Dias Oct 20 '10 at 14:55

Assuming the clipboard manager still uses the standard windows clipboard (I have yet to see one that doesn't, though I've never used YC3), the autohotkey solution should work as normal - if your clipboard manager is overriding the windows clipboard entirely and doesn't supply an API, no other application can grab its clipboard data, so unless YC3 implements raw text pasting you're a bit stuck on the direct automation front - though you could always use AutoHotKey to automate Shiki's method of pasting it into a text field that doesn't accept rich text, and then copying it back out again.

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An alternative method for quickly reformatting text would be to paste the rich text; copy-format (SHIFT+CTRL+C) from any of the raw text you may have, and then paste-format (SHIFT+CTRL+V) over the rich text. This works throughout Office, YMMV outside of that.

Also, [CTRL+ALT+V] is the keyboard shortcut for Special Paste which will allow you various paste options depending on the Office program; including pasting all of the text as unicode, RTF, unformatted, and HTML in Word. This is subject to the User Settings you have for pasting actions (these were set up when the copy of Office was initialized, i.e. "Paste text as original format/new style").

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didn't work for me at all – Jader Dias Oct 20 '10 at 12:54
If you use the YCX version of YC3, Format options are available. ("Ability to send only selected formats to clipboard") – mfg Oct 20 '10 at 12:55
@Jad I use format copy/paste constantly in Office and other areas in Windows; I am unsure what program it didn't for you at all in. – mfg Oct 20 '10 at 12:57
I tried to use your hotkeys to copy from Internet Explorer into Office. Internet Explorer didn't recognize that combination – Jader Dias Oct 20 '10 at 13:04
Sorry for my aversion to yet another taskbar solution, but try [CTRL+ALT+V] for special paste; it will allow you to strip formatting, however, if you have a default style for the document (ie, Arial 10pt) it may apply based on your Office Settings (verified going from a copied table in IE to MS-Word '07). – mfg Oct 20 '10 at 13:24

For Office Word 2007 and newer versions, in the "Advanced Options", in the section "Cut, Copy and Paste", there are 4 dropboxes where you can set value to always keep the base text style when pasting, depending from where your copy comes from.

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