I'm copying text from Visual Studio and pasting it in MS-Visio, but I would like to lose the formatting. I already tried using Ctrl+Shift+V but this seems not to be working (Ctr+Shift starts zooming).

In Visual Studio I don't find an option to copy without the formatting, in Visio I don't find an option to paste without the formatting (Keep Text Only is not included in the "Paste Special" options).

Is there a way to do this without needing to pass via an external editor (Notepad, Notepad++, Ultra Edit, ...) in order to lose the formatting? (If possible, I prefer a solution which does not involve installing extra software)

Oh, I almost forgot: I'm working with Visio Pro for Office 365.


Visio has Paste Special from the drop-down arrow under Paste on the ribbon and then select Unformatted Text.

  • Instead of a simple Ctrl+V, you have to to click Paste | select Paste Special | select Unformatted Text | click OK. :^( Visio needs an option to turn off Paste as formatted text or to configure the default paste behavior. – Paulo Merson May 3 at 14:46

Take a look at PureText.

It's a small free program which allows you to create a keyboard shortcut (Win+V, the default, works well for me) that will paste plain text.

Handy for situations where programs don't have a "paste unformatted" option.

  • Thanks for the quick reply, but I'm looking for a solution without needing to install additional software. – Dominique Feb 9 '18 at 15:07
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    Fair enough, but you should probably update your question to include that requirement. Right now, the only thing you're excluding is an external editor - hence why I proposed PureText. – Richard Feb 9 '18 at 15:11

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