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Want to quickly remove text styles and font formatting from some text? Here are two super fast ways to do just that, and they don’t require any third party downloads, both features are built right into Mac OS X. The first method will use an alternate copy & paste command that removes styling in the process, and the second trick will use TextEdit to strip all styling. Both solutions will work great if you want to remove or formatting when copying from the web to emails, and can save you the embarrassment of sharing hideous and unprofessional font styling with the world.
1: Remove Formatting with the Alternate Cut & Paste Commands
- Highlight the text and hit Control+K to ‘cut’ without formatting (rather than command+c)
- Paste in the desired location with Control+Y (rather than command+v)
2: Strip Text Styling & Formatting with TextEdit
- Open a new TextEdit file and paste in the styled/formatted text
- Hit Command+Shift+T to convert the document to plain text and remove all formatting
- Select all and copy again to have the unstyled version in the clipboard
The end result of either approach will look like this, just simple plain text without the styling, formatting, fonts, colors, or whatever else has made it look unprofessional:
You can also just open documents in TextEdit and resave them as plain text to convert that way, or you can do batch file conversions easily with the textutil command line tool that comes in all versions of Mac OS X.