Copy and Paste Like a Pro: Plain Text Formating and Encoding

Have you ever copied some text from a web page or a Google document and then wanted to paste it as simple text into another application (like PowerSchool) without getting all the formatting from the original source?

It can be frustrating.

Simple copying-and-pasting of formatted text often inserts extra “unwanted characters” into the final product. For example, what might be a command to “use bold text” in one program could insert curly braces {} or $ into the receiving program.

Here are two tools which will help you copy and paste like a pro.

Mac OS X

TextEdit allows users to change fonts, sizes, colors, and more. Simply, you can copy text styling from one place to another.

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Microsoft Windows 10

Notepad offers the simple solution to paste any text that you want to strip formatting into. Copy and paste, format using Notepad’s version and you’ll only have the text without extra formatting like colors or alternative fonts.

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