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A quick way to strip all formatting from pasted text in Mail Apps
I'm sure everyone runs into this from time to time, but when composing emails in Mail, it's common to have to paste text into the message from a variety of sources, and with a variety of formatting. I know it's possible to paste with matching style, which will automatically format the text to your message, but this means either selecting from the Edit menu or using a four-key shortcut (in Leopard, that is).

Instead, I prefer to ignore the formatting as I go, and just paste text as I need it. Then, when I've finished, I just press Command-Shift-T, which is the shortcut for Format » Make Plain Text. All of the text formatting is then stripped when the message is converted to plain text.

[robg adds: Obviously, this little timesaver won't help if you're trying to send a rich text message...]
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A quick way to strip all formatting from pasted text in Mail
Authored by: auco on May 07, '09 08:03:00AM

Sounds easier to setup Mail to send plain text messages only (in Mail's Prefs)... which is btw also a nice thing to do for people using IMAP accounts, because the mails are also about only a 10th of the size =)



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A quick way to strip all formatting from pasted text in Mail
Authored by: osxpounder on May 07, '09 09:04:59AM

Addition to the tip: you can do CMD-SHIFT-t once again, immediately after you did it. That switches the message format back to Rich Text again.

I prefer to send & receive plain text emails. I set my Mail client to send plain text by default.

I prefer to view email in MY choice of font and size. For some reason I can't figure out right now, Mail doesn't let me use the option under View>Message>Plain Text Alternative. It remains greyed out. I haven't got time to figure that out right now.



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A quick way to strip all formatting from pasted text in Mail
Authored by: whoadoggy on May 07, '09 08:58:54AM
I couldn't live with out the little utility PlainClip http://www.bluem.net/en/mac/plain-clip/

Just invoke it from quicksilver and it works everywhere!

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A quick way to strip all formatting from pasted text in Mail
Authored by: osxpounder on May 07, '09 04:03:11PM

Good to know about. Thanks!

That reminds me that, when it comes to pasting, I think a clipboard/pasteboard with memory is AWESOME. I've used a few utils that give me a clipboard that remembers recent copies, including Butler. I like Butler for that.

TextExpander offers the option to strip formatting from the shortcuts you create, per shortcut, I think.



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Paste & Match Style
Authored by: horhey23 on May 07, '09 09:06:29AM

I think the "Paste & Match Style" approach is better: Cmd-Opt-Shift-V -- that way it picks up what you were already working on, formatting-wise.

Great for pasting from web pages, or grabbing file names from the Finder, etc.



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Paste & Match Style
Authored by: Nasir on May 07, '09 09:20:26AM
Great for pasting from web pages, or grabbing file names from the Finder, etc.

No, unfortunately not: "Paste & Match Style" will not paste the file's name, but will attach file.

Carsten

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Paste & Match Style
Authored by: barefootguru on May 07, '09 12:03:56PM

You have to do a few extra clicks to copy the filename instead of the file: once the file is selected click again on the filename or press Return--i.e. start editing the filename. Then Select all if you want to include the extension, and finally Copy. A paste will now paste the filename instead of the file.



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Paste & Match Style
Authored by: osxpounder on May 08, '09 09:13:27AM

If I have to paste more than one file name, I do this:

Select files in Finder
CMD-C to copy
Switch to TextEdit (I have a button for that on my keyboard)
CMD-V to paste
CMD-A, then CMD-C
Switch to Mail
CMD-V to paste

Looks complicated, but it's a bunch of fast keystrokes after the first step.

That special paste mode you mention seems to be greyed out for me, whether I'm trying to paste into Rich Text or Plain Text email. Darn.



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A quick way to strip all formatting from pasted text in Mail
Authored by: ppp on May 07, '09 09:27:47AM

You can also select specific formatted text, and type Command-Option-V to replace the formatting with the default formatting. Unless of course you've used Command-Option-C to copy the formatting from some other section previously.

Has anyone figured out how to get the double-spacing that shows up sometimes to go away?



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A quick way to strip all formatting from pasted text in Mail
Authored by: ivan98 on May 07, '09 09:28:04AM
Before I learn to Cmd-Opt-Shift-V by heart, I used to
  • Ctrl-SPACE and open textedit
  • Cmd-Shift-T to get plain text
  • Cmd-V to paste
  • Cmd-A to select all
  • Cmd-C to copy
There, I've it in plain text. Sounds like a lot of work, but soon it'll be 2nd nature.

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A quick way to strip all formatting from pasted text in Mail
Authored by: barefootguru on May 07, '09 12:05:57PM

It's one less step to go via TextWrangler as it always works in plain text :-)



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A quick way to strip all formatting from pasted text in Mail
Authored by: delux on May 07, '09 11:54:27AM

The post solution "expands" any hyperlinks you've created in the mail message making the message unreadable. This one-line AppleScript will clear the formatting of the clipboard before you paste it in:

set the clipboard to «class ktxt» of ((the clipboard as string) as record)

Save it as an application and click it, map it to a key, or what you like, just before you paste in the questionably formatted text.



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A quick way to strip all formatting from pasted text in Mail
Authored by: encro on May 07, '09 06:35:08PM

Thank you Delux, that script will come in very handy :

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Steve



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A quick way to strip all formatting from pasted text in Mail
Authored by: jofizz on May 07, '09 01:40:05PM
Obviously, this little timesaver won't help if you're trying to send a rich text message...]

I use this every day, and if you want to send rich text, just do it twice, and the message becomes plain text, then rich text.

I also sometimes will paste text into the spotlight search field, then select all and copy back to clipboard, this also removes all formatting. Cheers!

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A quick way to strip all formatting from pasted text in Mail
Authored by: soundsgoodtome on May 08, '09 09:08:47AM

If the 4-key keyboard shortcut bothers you that much, you can just change it. (System Preferences > Keyboard & Mouse > Keyboard Shortcuts)



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A quick way to strip all formatting from pasted text in Mail
Authored by: Deut3221 on May 08, '09 04:52:54PM

LaunchBar 5 does it ALL without any fuss!



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