Question from Amber H.: Hi Rick. I write a blog about contests and giveaways, and I’m always copying and pasting snippets from other websites into my own blog posts.
The problem I’m having is when I copy a snippet of text with Ctrl+C and then paste it with Ctrl+V, any formatting (bold, italics, web links, etc.) are pasted into the document along with the text.
To get around that I’ve been pasting the snippet first into Notepad, then copying it again from there and pasting it into my WordPress editor window.
My question is can you tell me a simpler (hopefully one step) way to paste something that was copied to the clipboard as just plain text? Thanks for your help!
Rick’s answer: This issue used to irritate me as well Amber, but I eventually found a solution. If you do your “pasting” by pressing Ctrl+Shift+V instead of the usual Ctrl+V, all formatting will be removed from the snippet and it will be pasted into your document as plain text. Give it a try!
Caveat: The Ctrl+Shift+V method of pasting as plain text only works in certain programs and apps. Luckily, it works in all major web browsers as well as Microsoft Office and Google Docs
It’s always worth a try regardless of which program you happen to be using. If it doesn’t work, you can always fall back on the old tried and true “paste into NotePad first” method.
Update from Amber: This works perfect for me! Thank you!!!
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