Sometimes you want to paste text you’ve copied into an app such as Pages on your Mac but DON’T want the text format to carry over from its source. Conveniently, there are various ways to deal with this.
When you copy text from the web, you’re likely also copying the text’s color, size, typeface, and more. Paste this text into a word processing app or an email and the results look out of place.
There’s a keyboard command combo for that.
macOS lets you paste text without its original formatting. Instead of pressing “Command+V”, press “Option+Shift+Command+V” to paste text without any formatting.
How to always paste text without formatting
That keyboard combo requires some finger gymnastics that you probably don’t want to have to use if you always prefer to copy and paste text without formatting. macOS allows you to do just that.
- Go to “Apple menu > System Preferences” and click “Keyboard.”
- Select “Shortcuts,” then choose “App Shortcuts” from the list on the left.
- Click the Plus icon (+) below the box to create a new shortcut.
- In the Application field, select “All Applications.”
- Type “Paste & Match Style” for the Menu Title box, then “Cmd + V” in the Keyboard shortcut box.
- Click Add.
The default Cmd + V shortcut should now always let you paste without formatting (though nothing’s ever 100% full proof). And when you do want to paste with formatting, use “Edit > Paste.”
Then there’s TextEdit
Then there’s TextEdit, the text editor that comes with your Mac. It uses Rich Text by default, so you’ll have to press “Cmd + Shift + T to convert the document to plain text after pasting.”
However, you can set TextEdit to always use plain text files. Go to “TextEdit > Preferences” and check the Plain text box.