By Deane Barker on June 3, 2006

PureText Home Page: This is a wicked handy. Microsoft Office includes a “Paste Text Only” option between Office applications, but it’s really handy to have this system-wide.

Have you ever copied some text from a web page, a word document, help, etc., and wanted to paste it as simple text into another application without getting all the formatting from the original source? PureText makes this simple. Just copy/cut whatever you want to the clipboard, click on the PureText tray icon, and then paste to any application. Better yet, you can configure a Hot-Key to convert and paste the text for you. The pasted text will be pure and free from all formatting.

I had a legitmate use for this within two minutes of installing it: I needed to copy between formatted HTML and Word. It worked great. I was sick of having to “rinse” things through Notepad.

The set the hot key, so CTRL-V pastes as normal, and Windows-V posts “cleaned” text.



  1. I’ve made a macro in Word for the “paste unformatted” option and made a button on the toolbar for it. It isn’t as good as ctrl+v, but it works for me. If I could just figure out an easy way to associate a keyboard shortcut with that macro, then I’d be very very happy.

  2. In Word, when you paste anything, there’s one of those auto-tag dropdown menus that allows you to select Paste Without Formatting.

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