Paste plain text




There are several applications that I use on a regular basis that don’t have a “paste as plain text” option in them. I’m sure most of you have experienced this at some time or another, and generally what I do in those situations is fire up Notepad, paste in the stuff I just copied, and then re-copy it from Notepad. It’s not ideal, but it works.

PureText is a free (and portable) Windows app that handles these kinds of situations much way more gracefully. By default PureText uses the Windows Key+V shortcut to paste whatever you have on your clipboard in a plain text format. It strips out all of the font styles, bullets, objects (such as pictures), and tables. What you’re left with is a simplified version that has nearly everything removed except for new-lines, carriage returns, tabs, and other white-space characters. You essentially get the same results without going through the whole Notepad rigmarole.

There is very little reason for me not to use this since it consumes less than 1MB of memory on my machine and doesn’t require any installation. I use it so much that there is no doubt I paste more using the Windows Key+V than I do with Control+V.

PureText Homepage (Windows only; Freeware)