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I have the default composing format of Mail.app set to Plain Text in the preferences. So if I ever need to straighten up a chunk of crazily-formatted text (removing font, size, bold, color, links, etc.), I hop over to Mail, make a new message, paste the text, then copy it back out. It's worked well for me.

[robg adds: You could also use TextEdit (in plain text mode), or any other pure-text editor, to do this. This older hint shows you how to do the same thing using a one-line AppleScript.]
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Use Mail.app for quick and easy plain text conversion
Authored by: kholburn on Aug 01, '06 08:10:56AM

Every now and then I have to deal with a file that is text but not ASCII. Some kind of 2 byte code. In this case vi/vim opens it as code whereas TextEdit will open it as text but even so saving it with TextEdit doesn't change it to ASCII. Copying and pasting it into an Apple Mail.app New message converts it to single byte ASCII.



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Use Mail.app for quick and easy plain text conversion
Authored by: Anonymous on Aug 01, '06 10:17:12AM

Um. Why not use TextEdit's "Edit->Paste and Match Style" menu? Command-option-shift-V



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Use Mail.app for quick and easy plain text conversion
Authored by: whoadoggy on Aug 01, '06 11:24:19AM
even easier is to use plain clip
http://www.bluem.net/downloads/plain-clip_en/
an awesome little app that - together with quicksilver - does this in just three keystrokes: bring up QS, PC, return, done

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Use Safari.app for quick and easy plain text conversion
Authored by: macrumpton on Aug 02, '06 01:23:01PM

Instead of using mail or textedit to remove formatting, I just paste the text into the search or url bar in safari (works in other browsers too), and then copy it out. I have done it with several pages of text, and there does not seem to be any problem.



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Use Safari.app for quick and easy plain text conversion
Authored by: macwebmac on Aug 06, '06 06:20:02AM

thats nice tip. much easier and faster then using multiple key 2-hands-shortcat that cleares formtaing.
thanks



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