I'm looking for a tool that will remove formatting on my clipboard automatically as I paste text. I would like the application to meet these requirements,

  • Compatible with Windows 10
  • Gratis

Some features that are not requirements but wanted are,

  • Ability to turn on and off the automatic mode quickly (preferably with a keyboard shortcut)
  • Ability to remove formatting by a keyboard shortcut even if the application is turned off the automatic mode
  • Cross-platform (Available on Linux and OS X)

Note: Automatic mode meaning if on, it would automatically turn the formatted text into plain text without the user having to do anything.

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    You might be able to do this by holding the Shift key whilst using the built in keyboard shortcut for pasting. In Windows and Linux this translates to Ctrl+Shift+V, no need for an external program. Not sure if it works on a Mac
    – gabe3886
    Commented Jan 7, 2016 at 15:30
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    This is the sort of thing that's unlikely to be cross-platform but likely to be easy to do in a platform-specific framework (AutoHotKey, shell, Applescript or maybe shell). Commented Jan 7, 2016 at 22:50
  • @Gilles Agreed, but you never know whats out there
    – Tom
    Commented Jan 8, 2016 at 1:43
  • @gabe3886 And it doesn't work everywhere in Windows (e.g., doesn't work into MS Outlook).
    – CPerkins
    Commented Feb 2, 2016 at 17:58

2 Answers 2


I think PureText mostly fits the bill. It does not replace the default paste functions but I quickly got used to using it's default of Win+V. Gave me the freedom to keep Ctrl+V should I want to retain the formatting. Using it like that negates the automatic mode requirement I suggest. It is however not cross platform.

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    I have been using PureText for years on Windows 7 SP1 x64 Ultimate, always worked as expected. Commented Jul 20, 2016 at 23:12
  • Hmm, wasn't aware of this answer until now, works great, thanks!
    – Tom
    Commented Jul 21, 2016 at 0:15

I use notepad.

You can paste any formatted text and it will only receive the plain, unformatted text.

Then you can Ctrl+A to select everything and Ctrl+C to copy the unformatted text.

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It comes with Windows and you can thus consider it gratis.

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    Thanks, I do this too but I was looking for something that essentially did this for me
    – Tom
    Commented Jan 7, 2016 at 18:55
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    I use the Windows Run box for the same purpose, which could potentially be faster: ctrl C, Win r, ctrl V, ctrl A, ctrl C - which takes about a second when you get used to doing this.
    – Sundar R
    Commented Jan 9, 2016 at 11:20

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