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How to paste text without formatting on your Mac

When you copy text from the web, you also generally copy any formatting (colors, size, typeface, etc.) attached to it. When you paste this text into emails, it looks out of place. OS X allows you to paste text without its original formatting. Instead of using Command+V, you can press Option+Shift+Command+V to paste text without any formatting. If that shortcut is a bit too longer to remember, I’ve automated this more using TextExpander.

I have a snippet to paste my clipboard whenever I type vv, my clipboard is pasted into whatever document I am working on as plain text. It’s not a glamorous tip, but it’s saved me from removing unwanted formatting on a daily basis.

TextExpander snippet for plain-text paste

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