How to Remove Text Formatting From Copy and Paste

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When copying text from a word processor or an Internet browser and pasting it into another application, your Windows clipboard may carry some formatting code over from the original program to the one you pasted the text into. This formatting code can include font types, font sizes or even special attributes such as bold or underlined text. You can remove text formatting when copying and pasting in just a few steps.

  • Copy the text you wish to paste into another document by highlighting the text and then pressing the "CTRL" and "C" keys simultaneously on your keyboard.

  • Open Notepad by opening your Windows Start Menu, typing "Notepad" in the search box and pressing "ENTER."

  • Paste the text into Notepad by pressing the "CTRL" and "V" keys simultaneously on your keyboard. Notepad is a plain text editor which doesn't support text formatting. By pasting text into Notepad, you strip it from all formatting code.

  • Copy the text you have placed into Notepad by selecting it with your mouse and pressing the "CTRL" and "C" keys again.

  • Paste the non-formatted text into any program by pressing the "CTRL" and "V" keys at the same time.

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