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Skype is so annoying to me when I try to copy text from my chat; i.e. it alsway include the timestamp when pasted.

How to copy only the plain text?

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are you willing to use a third party app? –  tumchaaditya Jun 28 '12 at 4:15
@tumchaaditya Sure I will - lovley to be free available –  Nam G VU Jun 28 '12 at 4:27
It seems to copy the timestamp and recipient if the - character is included in the text. –  Greg Jul 25 '13 at 15:16

5 Answers 5

Follow these steps:

In Skype
1. Go to Tools > Options > IM & SMS
2. Click “Show advanced options”
3. In “Pressing Ctrl+V will” select “Paste message as plain text”
4. Save
Skype settings screenshot Tested with latest Skype(5.9)

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What does the link say? Can you please include all relevant details here? –  slhck Jun 28 '12 at 7:52
This does not work. As commented above, it still prepends the timestamp and the user who typed it. –  Scott Oct 1 '12 at 2:36
yeah it does not...not with the latest version.. –  tumchaaditya Oct 1 '12 at 8:39
This works fine if you're just copying one line and you don't hi-light the time stamp. If you are copying multiple lines, it will include the time stamp and username.. very annoyingly. –  Rich S Apr 3 '13 at 23:06
Worked for me, but I had to restart skype –  BlackHawkDesign Jan 29 at 14:09

Windows-only Solution

I've made a quick autohotkey script that runs when you press ctrl + C inside Skype. It basically copies selected, runs a regex replace on it and stores it in your clipboard.

The regex is quite naive, and makes a few assumptions, which may not be correct as I haven't rigorously tested it:

  • If there's a timestamp, it's at the very beginning of a line
  • it's in square brackets and first character is a number
  • there a space after it, followed by nickname, colon, and extra space

Here's the .ahk script itself. It's app-sensitive based on the ahk_class tSkMainForm, which might possibly change in the future updates of Skype.

#IfWinActive ahk_class tSkMainForm
        Clipboard := ""
        Send ^c
        ClipWait, 1
        if ( Clipboard ) {
            Clipboard := RegExReplace( Clipboard, "m)^\[\d.*?\] .*?: " )

If you do want to keep the nickname, just remove the .*?: at the end of the regex.

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up vote 1 down vote accepted

I and my team have developed the tool to bypass this.


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That link is broken –  strider Jun 30 at 16:42

Go to Tools » Options » IM & SMS » IM Appearance and you can uncheck the Show Time Stamp option.

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Does this also prevent the timestamp from being copied? –  slhck Feb 28 '13 at 9:13
This doesn't prevent it from being copied –  Ryan Wiancko Aug 7 '13 at 23:48

I also find it here but this still includes the timestamp http://howto.cnet.com/8301-11310_39-57378862-285/how-to-copy-plain-text-from-skype/

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fyi: this was downvoted presumably because the questioner answered and accepted his own answer that was the same as an existing answer –  Simon Jul 8 '13 at 2:59
Sorry I myself didn't notice this. –  Nam G VU Jul 9 '13 at 21:02

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