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When I paste text into an email in Outlook, the following prompt hovers near the text:

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Based on the hint, instead of clicking on the button with the mouse, it looks like I should be able to press Ctrl+T. But if I do that, it indents the paragraph.

So what key combination will keep the text only?

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There is an option with a small number of keystrokes, which does not involve an intermediate paste-with-format:

Ctrl + Alt + V, Unformatted text

Taken from an excellent summary of shortcuts.

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For me, this brings up the Paste Special dialog, which either means more keystrokes or using the mouse. In terms of pasting unformatted text directly, I prefer martinpolley's answer. It's one more keystroke, but there is no dialog. –  Rich Bennema Jan 9 at 13:49
    
@RichBennema - The downside (for me) about that sequence, as with many others related to accessing the ribbon, is that it has changed from the "standard" shortcuts. For me it is almost set in stone that V is for pasting, and with that one you have go first with H. It's a matter of taste. –  sancho.s Jan 9 at 14:46
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I figured it out. It isn't Ctrl+T, it is Ctrl, T (as in press and release Ctrl, then press T).

So, the pattern to paste as text only is: Ctrl+V, Ctrl, T.

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Even if it works, it is odd that you first paste with format, and then "retreat" the format. It is not: 1) the way usually "paste-as-text" works, 2) a desirable way (something may happen in between, and you are left with a formatted paste). I wonder if there is another option. –  sancho.s Jan 9 at 9:42
    
... there is another option, see this answer. –  sancho.s Jan 9 at 9:50
    
Alternatives for pasting unformatted text are appreciated, but you might be missing the point of the question. Unless it's disabled, Outlook pops up Paste Options, even using your alternative. What I wanted to know was how to use the keyboard shortcuts for those Paste Options. The keys are displayed visually, but, to me, the combination is not obvious. –  Rich Bennema Jan 9 at 13:57

Another option is Alt-H-V-T (i.e., keeping Alt pressed until after you press T).

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You only need to keep Alt depressed while pressing H. Then you can release Alt and press V-T. This is typical for Office and many other Windows programs. –  sancho.s Jan 9 at 14:42

With show paste options disabled you can press Menu, Ctrl, t, Enter.

The "Menu" key gives the right-click menu. It's between Alt and Ctrl, to the right of space on my keyboard.

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I am not sure whether this is the answer you are looking for. I have disabled the show paste options ( options --> Mail --> uncheck show paste options when content is pasted into a message) Just using Ctrl+V to paste

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