Moving information around on your computer is easy with the copy – paste function. However, it often brings the formatting from the original work. This can mess up the formatting on the document you are moving the information to. Here’s how to copy and paste without the formatting.

No Formatting

Not transferring the formatting means no line breaks, bolding, italics, different font sizing, and hyperlinks. You will not have to spend any additional time correcting or removing these formatting elements. To paste without formatting, press, and hold Ctrl+Shift+V. This will work on many applications and web browsers on the Windows, Chrome OS, and Linux operating systems; if you’re on a Mac, press and hold Command+Option+Shift+V.

These shortcuts don’t work with Microsoft Word. However, when you right-click, Word gives you an option to paste without formatting. Lastly, you can also use a plain text editor like Notepad to remove the formatting. Simply paste the text into Notepad, and then copy and paste it into your document.

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