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One thing I find annoying when copying text from one document to the other is that it keeps the formatting of the original document. For example, if I need to copy an IBAN code into the e-mail, I will have to parse it through notepad and then to the body of the message.

Is there some way of making it a default setting that formatting is not copied?

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As far as I know, the answer is no, but there are some workarounds you can use:

1) If you use Google Chrome, when pasting, you can use Ctrl + Shift + V for plain text

2) If you are using an Office program, Ctrl + Alt + V will do. You can also set the default type of paste inside Office programs by going to File > Options > Advanced > Cut, Copy and Paste and set the default

3) You could use PureText throughout Windows and set up a shortcut key to paste anywhere (default is Windows + V). PureText strips any formatting from your clipboard and pastes it. In fact, PureText is the exact replica of what you are doing currently:

PureText is basically equivalent to opening Notepad, doing a PASTE, followed by a SELECT-ALL, and then a COPY

and the benefit is...

The benefit of PureText is performing all these actions with a single Hot-Key and having the result pasted into the current window automatically.

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Thank you! That is exactly what I was looking for! – MrD May 25 '14 at 14:03
Thanks for the PureText. Google chrome paste plain text only works in edit boxes where I do not care about it and fails in all the ones I need it. Right clicking it sucks. – Dirk Bester Feb 12 '15 at 19:42

CTRL+SHIFT+V pasts unformatted text.

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But not working in all programs. – Devid May 25 '14 at 16:22
Not working in all programs. – V.Y. Feb 11 at 22:05

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