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

  • 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

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.

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

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

  • 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


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

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.

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