Paste Plain Text with TextExpander

Reader Chris sent me a great idea using Text Expander to remove formatting from text. Create a plain text snippet with nothing but the %clipboard command. When activated, it pastes sans format. Slick.


23 Comments Paste Plain Text with TextExpander

  1. steve@mcavatar.com

    David, this is great! On the PC I used a free app called PlainText to do this and have missed the functionality in OS X. Your post indicates $clipboard but the command in TE is %clipboard.

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  2. steve@mcavatar.com

    David, this is great! On the PC I used a free app called PlainText to do this and have missed the functionality in OS X. Your post indicates $clipboard but the command in TE is %clipboard.

    Reply
  3. steve@mcavatar.com

    David, this is great! On the PC I used a free app called PlainText to do this and have missed the functionality in OS X. Your post indicates $clipboard but the command in TE is %clipboard.

    Reply
  4. steve@mcavatar.com

    David, this is great! On the PC I used a free app called PlainText to do this and have missed the functionality in OS X. Your post indicates $clipboard but the command in TE is %clipboard.

    Reply
  5. steve@mcavatar.com

    David, this is great! On the PC I used a free app called PlainText to do this and have missed the functionality in OS X. Your post indicates $clipboard but the command in TE is %clipboard.

    Reply
  6. mail@michael-gerloff.de

    Hi, David,
    what do you mean with "when activated"?

    Anyway, most of the time SHIFT+ALT+CMD+V will paste a plain text of the copied stuff in my documents.
    But I guess I did not get the idea behind the snippet …

    Reply
  7. mail@michael-gerloff.de

    Hi, David,
    what do you mean with "when activated"?

    Anyway, most of the time SHIFT+ALT+CMD+V will paste a plain text of the copied stuff in my documents.
    But I guess I did not get the idea behind the snippet …

    Reply
  8. mail@michael-gerloff.de

    Hi, David,
    what do you mean with "when activated"?

    Anyway, most of the time SHIFT+ALT+CMD+V will paste a plain text of the copied stuff in my documents.
    But I guess I did not get the idea behind the snippet …

    Reply
  9. mail@michael-gerloff.de

    Hi, David,
    what do you mean with "when activated"?

    Anyway, most of the time SHIFT+ALT+CMD+V will paste a plain text of the copied stuff in my documents.
    But I guess I did not get the idea behind the snippet …

    Reply
  10. mail@michael-gerloff.de

    Hi, David,
    what do you mean with "when activated"?

    Anyway, most of the time SHIFT+ALT+CMD+V will paste a plain text of the copied stuff in my documents.
    But I guess I did not get the idea behind the snippet …

    Reply
  11. JCN

    The best wat to remove formatting from text is with a little program called CopyPaste that sits on your desktop and allows for hundreds of copypastes and many other things. (I have nothing to do with it, just an user.)

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  12. Clyde C. Cambridge

    Command+Option+Shift+V = Paste minus any formatting using just Mac OS X without an added app.

    I've also found pasting into Spotlight or Dictionary and then selecting it again and pasting has format stripping abilities.

    FIAT LUX!
    C.C.C.

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