In Microsoft Word 2019, if I want to paste using: Ctrl+Shift+V, that doesn't work, what is the new shortcut?

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    What's wrong all the time with MS Word? First after clicking save button, the button won't be disabled whereas many s/w already did, and then find next hotkey is normally Shift+F3 but Mord make it Ctrl+PgDn. Now paste without format is quite useful and frequently-used function but no hotkey for it. I really wonder what's wrong with the UI design decision by MS Word team? Do they live in "Tavern in the Deep Valley"? – Scott Chu Jul 19 '19 at 14:59
  • If you use AutoHotKey, there are ways to do this. 1) Here's a script to make Ctrl-Shift-v work everywhere (but I couldn't get it to work): howtogeek.com/186723/… – sssheridan Mar 16 '20 at 9:33
  • 2) My inelegant, but universal and keyboard-only solution is to open Notepad, paste, recopy, close, and paste. That's Ctrl-Win-n (opens Notepad in my AHK), Ctrl-v, Ctrl-a, Ctrl-x, Alt-F4, Ctrl-v. It's muscle memory by now. – sssheridan Mar 16 '20 at 9:33
  • Finally, you can do the above (2) without Autohotkey if you open Notepad via Winkey+"note"+Enter. Despite its inelegance, I believe that this is the fastest method that will work in every program, not just Word. – sssheridan Mar 16 '20 at 9:37
  • For what it's worth, my kludge is using WinKey+R to first paste into the Run dialog and then copying/pasting the format-less result into Word - I used to happily use the approach covered by Aulis Ronkainen i.e. Ctrl+V, Ctrl, T until Microsoft chose to redact the feature when I 'upgraded' to the 365 version – Chris Cook Jun 19 '20 at 21:52

There seems to be no direct shortcut for that, but here's something you can do:

Paste text (Ctrl+V) and then press Ctrl for paste options to appear and then press T for pasting the text with "Keep text only" paste option.

The result will be pasted text without formatting.

You can also Ctrl+V then press backspace if a link was pasted and it will undo link formatting.

This works in older versions of MS Word too.

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    On my system it is C instead of T. You can look up the proper key by hovering over icons after pressing the Paste special button. – AlexVB Aug 15 '19 at 20:54
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    You can actually configure word to enable such a shortcut. See my own answer in this thread. – Kira Resari Jun 17 '20 at 6:54

Or, you can simply set the keyboard shortcut for PasteTextOnly to Ctrl+Shift+V, then it works like before again.

That shortcut is a bit hidden though, so here's the steps how to get there:

  • File > Options > Customize Ribbon > Keyboard shortcuts: Customize...
  • Under Categories, select All Commands
  • Under Commands, look for PasteTextOnly
  • Set the keyboard shortcut for PasteTextOnly to Ctrl+Shift+V
  • Be aware that this means you can no longer use Ctrl-Shift-V to change apply formatting you've copied with Ctrl-Shift-C – Jamie Bull Apr 9 at 16:41

Ctrl + Alt + V does the trick. It opens up Paste Special, then you need to select Unformatted Text to get the desired result.

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    In mac: Ctrl + Cmd + V does the same – dux2 Jun 13 '19 at 14:24

Use Alt+H, V, T

Word paste text only

It should be faster than Ctrl+Alt+V then select unformatted text

  • @cipricus Ctrl+Alt+V is equivalent to AltGr+V on keyboard layouts with AltGr. But AltGr is not Alt and isn't available everywhere. And even if you have AltGr then you still need to select the unformatted text option in the dialog after pressing AltGr+V, which needs a mouse movement of a few more keystrokes – phuclv Mar 24 at 16:23
  • Sorry, I misspelled, I meant Ctrl-Shift-V as custom shortcut as said here in the most upvoted answer and as asked by the OP, which is one shortcut, one single action, compared to three actions as in Alt+H, V, T. – cipricus Mar 24 at 16:45

@Kira Resari's Word-specific, one-step shortcut is much better than having to learn and execute a sequence of keypresses every time you need to paste unformatted text. But I'm with @noseratio, a general solution for that works throughout Windows is even better. AutoHotkey is great for the purpose, if you need or might use it for other reasons as well.

The code excerpt below shows how I'm currently doing it in AutoHotkey. Note that this script preserves the original content of the Windows clipboard so that you can still paste formatted text if you need it elsewhere or change your mind. My particular shortcut is Ctl+v pressed twice in very quick succession, just because I find it easier to remember than a combo like Ctl+Shift+v. But if you want a separate shortcut such as Ctl+Shift+v, follow the shortcut definition line with the portion of the code beginning with beginning on the line after CopyUnformattedFromClipboardand continuing through and including the next Return (delete everything else).

Please consult the AutoHotkey docs for details on how this works. I very likely cribbed the timer routine (that decides whether Ctl+v twice in quick enough succession) from a generous AutoHotkey expert, but am unable to give them their due credit now.

; hit Ctl+v twice really fast to paste unformatted text
; Ctl+v pressed repeatedly, just with a little more time between presses, still pastes formatted text
; timings here seem about right but you can fiddle with the Sleep and delay settings (currently the latter is 175)
; SEE "MultiPress hotkey function.ahk" for explanation

    Action := MultiPress("CopyRegularFromClipboard, CopyUnformattedFromClipboard",175)
        Send, ^v
        Clip0 = %ClipBoardAll%
        ClipBoard = %ClipBoard% ; Convert to plain text
        Send, ^v
        Sleep 500 ; to make sure the clipboard is emptied I guess? (before transferring the original formatted back text to it)
        ClipBoard = %Clip0%
        VarSetCapacity(Clip0, 0) ; Free memory

        SetTimer, TakeAction, Off
        if (IsLabel(Action))
            Gosub, %Action%
        Sleep 200
        ;Tooltip required to shut off the notification if used

MultiPress(actionList = "", delay = 500)
    Static pressCount := 0

    pressCount := ( ((A_PriorHotKey = "") || (A_ThisHotKey = A_PriorHotKey))
                    && (A_TimeSincePriorHotkey < delay) ) ? (pressCount + 1) : (1)
    if (actionList = "")  ;this option flags to just return count to caller
        Return pressCount

    SetTimer, TakeAction, % delay
    Loop, Parse, actionList, `,, %A_Space%
        if (A_Index = pressCount)
            Return A_LoopField
    Return False

I maintain a free and open-source tool DevComrade for pasting unformatted text anywhere in Windows by default, not just with MS Word.

DevComrade now monitors Windows Clipboard for text with rich formatting and replaces it with plain text on-the-fly. That can be turned off/on from the system tray icon menu.

Simply use Ctrl+V for pasting plain, unformatted text system-wide. Or, if your currently open application has any other default keyboard shortcut / menu item for pasting, that should work, too.


You can use a macro

Sub PasteSpecial()
    Selection.PasteSpecial DataType:=wdPasteText
End Sub

Then assign it to shortcut of your choice.

See here Create a Hotkey to Paste Plain Text in Microsoft Word

Beware, you will overwrite the default PasteFormat by using Ctrl+Shift+V.


Method 1:

The first way is a right mouse click and use this paste special option (keep text Only)

Keep Text Only option

Method 2:

You need to assign a shortcut (Ctrl+Shift+V) for this operation

(Note: by default Microsoft Word does not set a shortcut for it so we need to set it by own)

  • File > Options > Customize Ribbon > Keyboard shortcuts: Customize.
  • on Left Categories List section, click on All Commands
  • Under right Commands List, select for PasteTextOnly
  • then Set the keyboard shortcut for PasteTextOnly as Ctrl+Shift+V

Customize keyboard

Method 3:

Permanent/Ms Word Default Setting

You can use this option which will each time paste as plain text by default

Word Options

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