When I paste into Word 2003 the default is Keep Source Formatting. How can I change the default to Keep Text Only?


It seems that Word 2003 doesn't let you set "Keep text only" as a default.

But you can create a macro as described in detail here: https://cybertext.wordpress.com/2009/07/02/word-keyboard-shortcut-to-paste-unformatted-text/

Essentially you: 1. create the macro. 2. add the macro to your template. 3. assign a keyboard shortcut to the macro.

That way, if you want to paste text only you can just use the keyboard shortcut.

  • Thank you for the answer. This is definitely not an ideal solution, but it does work – Steven Penny Apr 26 '16 at 16:18

I've had a similar need so I wrote an AutoHotkey script that creates a global "paste text only" option. It's not perfect but it's fairly effective. There's a special case for Excel and you could probably create one for Word as well.

; Key: Win+V
; Cmd: Paste unformatted text
IfWinActive Microsoft Excel
   Send !es{Down 2}{Enter}  ;Edit menu, Paste Special, Text only
   ; This still works in 2007 and 2010 even though the Edit menu doesn't exist anymore
   clipOld := ClipboardAll  ;Save the entire clipboard
   clip := Clipboard        ;Save just the text portion of the clipboard
   Clipboard := clip        ;Replace the clipboard with just the text portion
   Send, ^v                 ;Paste the text
   Clipboard := clipOld     ;Replace the clipboard with its original contents

In Word, select Options...Advanced. Under Cut, copy, and paste, set all the "Pasting" settings to Keep Text Only.

Keep Text Only in Word (Screenshot is from Word 2013)

  • The question is for Word 2003 – Steven Penny Apr 25 '16 at 3:38

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