Insert text on a Mac without saving formatting (source style)

Often it happens, that by copying any information from the browser to any application on macOS, not only the source code we want to operate is inserted, but also the formatting style.

It is wildly annoying, because it is necessary to take additional measures to fit the data to a single view.

In this article we will describe how with the help of the usual Command combinations (⌘) + V to receive the text immediately in the standard format used in the current application.

At all, There is a shortcut for copying text from the browser without saving the formatting style — Command (⌘) + ⌥ Option (Alt) + Shift (⇧) + V. Remember this combination is not difficult, but it’s extremely uncomfortable to press it on the keyboard.

If copying while preserving text style is not relevant to you, it is better to assign this action to the usual convenient combination of Command (⌘) + V. Next we will tell how to do it.

How to insert text on a Mac without formatting (source style)

1. Open the menu → System settings.

2. Go to section «Keyboard».

3. Open the tab «Shortcuts» and in the left side menu select «Keyboard shortcuts».

4. Click the plus sign to add a new command.

5. Enter the following data:

  • Programs: All programs;
  • Menu name: Insert and align style;
  • Keyboard shortcut: Command (⌘) + V.

6. Click the Add button.

Is done!

If you still occasionally use the insert with copying the formatting style, then create a new command called Paste (Paste) and a shortcut key of your choice (can use the available command combination (⌘) + ⌥ Option (Alt) + Shift (⇧) + V).

From now on in any application by pressing the combination of Command (⌘) + V will insert text without source style.

How to insert text without formatting using PlainTextMenu utility


If you do not want to bother with the system settings, that is, a simple alternative in the face of a simple utility PlainTextMenu. It automatically removes all unnecessary: colors, fonts, styles, hyperlinks, underscore, images and other elements. The only drawback of the utility — payment.