How to Paste and Match Style Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

If you’re a Mac user, you’ve probably encountered the frustration of pasting text from one place to another only to have it bring along its original formatting. This can be especially annoying when you’re working on a document or presentation and want everything to look consistent and uniform. Fortunately, Mac provides a simple solution to this problem – the “Paste and Match Style” feature.

What is Paste and Match Style?

Paste and Match Style is a handy feature on Mac that allows you to paste text without carrying over its formatting. Instead, it adopts the style of the destination document or application. This ensures that your pasted content seamlessly blends in with the existing text, making it visually appealing and coherent.

How to Access Paste and Match Style

There are several ways to access the Paste and Match Style feature on your Mac:

  • Using Keyboard Shortcuts: The fastest way to access this feature is by using the keyboard shortcut Command + Shift + Option + V. Simply copy your desired text, then place your cursor in the desired location and press these keys simultaneously.

    The text will be pasted with matching style.

  • Using Right-Click: Another way to access Paste and Match Style is through the right-click context menu. After copying your text, right-click on the destination location, and choose “Paste and Match Style” from the menu that appears.
  • Using Edit Menu: You can also find Paste and Match Style in the Edit menu of most applications. After copying your text, go to Edit > Paste and Match Style or use the keyboard shortcut Command + Shift + Option + V.

Customizing the Keyboard Shortcut

If you find the default keyboard shortcut for Paste and Match Style too complex, you can customize it to something that is easier for you to remember:

  1. Open System Preferences by clicking on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen and selecting “System Preferences”.
  2. Click on the “Keyboard” icon.
  3. Go to the “Shortcuts” tab.
  4. Select “App Shortcuts” from the left sidebar.
  5. Click on the “+” button below the right-hand pane.
  6. In the “Application” field, select the application where you want to use your custom shortcut (e.g., Safari).
  7. In the “Menu Title” field, type exactly “Paste and Match Style” (without quotes) – make sure to match capitalization and spacing.
  8. In the “Keyboard Shortcut” field, press your desired key combination. For example, you can use Command + V if it’s available.
  9. Click “Add”.

Your custom keyboard shortcut is now set up, allowing you to access Paste and Match Style more easily in your chosen application.


The Paste and Match Style feature on Mac is a valuable tool for maintaining consistency and aesthetics in your documents. By using this feature, you can ensure that pasted text blends seamlessly with existing content without disrupting formatting. Whether you use a keyboard shortcut or access it through right-click or menu options, this feature will save you time and effort while producing visually engaging work.

Note: The Paste and Match Style feature may vary slightly depending on the application you’re using, but the general concept remains the same.

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