How to Paste Without Formatting on Mac
Sometimes, when you copy text from a website or a document and paste it into another application on your Mac, the formatting of the original text is also transferred. This can be frustrating if you want to maintain a consistent style in your document or if the formatting clashes with the existing content.
Fortunately, there are several ways to paste without formatting on Mac, allowing you to retain only the plain text. In this tutorial, we will explore various methods to achieve this.
Method 1: Using Keyboard Shortcuts
The quickest way to paste without formatting on Mac is by using keyboard shortcuts. Follow these steps:
- Copy the desired text: Select the text you want to copy and press Command + C.
- Paste without formatting: Go to the location where you want to paste the text and press Command + Shift + V. This shortcut will remove any formatting from the copied text and match the style of the destination document.
Method 2: Using Contextual Menu Options
Another way to paste without formatting is by utilizing contextual menu options. Here’s what you need to do:
- Copy the desired text: Select the text and right-click on it.
- Select “Paste and Match Style”: From the contextual menu that appears, choose “Paste and Match Style”. This option will paste only the plain text without any formatting.
Method 3: Using TextEdit as an Intermediate Step
If you frequently need to remove formatting while pasting, you can use TextEdit as an intermediate step. Here’s how:
- Copy the desired text: Select the text and press Command + C.
- Open TextEdit: Launch TextEdit from the Applications folder or by using Spotlight search.
- Create a new document: Press Command + N to create a new document in TextEdit.
- Paste the text: Press Command + V to paste the copied text into TextEdit. The formatting will be removed automatically.
- Copy the plain text: Select all the text in TextEdit and copy it by pressing Command + C.
- Paste without formatting: Go to your desired location and paste the plain text by using one of the methods mentioned earlier.
While using this method, ensure that you have set TextEdit to “Plain Text” mode. To do this, go to “Format” in the menu bar and select “Make Plain Text” before pasting the copied content.
Pasting without formatting on Mac can be accomplished through keyboard shortcuts, contextual menu options, or by using an intermediate application like TextEdit. By following these methods, you can easily remove unwanted formatting and maintain a consistent style in your documents.
Try out these techniques and save time while working on your Mac!
Note: The above methods are applicable for macOS Big Sur and later versions. If you’re using an older version of macOS, some steps might differ slightly.