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Change Paste key combinations for TextEdit Apps
I recently switched from working in plain text files to working in rich text in TextEdit and one of the most annoying things about rich text is pasting from other types of windows. I like to use a fixed width font most of the time, such as Courier New. Unless I'm diligent and use Command+Option+Shift+V, I end up with a mix of fonts and font styles. I finally got fed up enough with it today to do something about it. This work-around will only work with pasting from the keyboard. It will not correctly paste text that has been dragged and dropped.

The solution is to use Keyboard Shortcuts to switch the Edit menu's items for Paste and Paste and Match Style. It's such a simple fix, I never thought to do it before now. After this fix, Command+V will paste and match style and Command+Option+Shift+V will paste (and keep the style the copied text was in).
  • Open System Preferences
  • Click Keyboard
  • Click the Shortcuts tab
  • Click the "+" button
  • Select TextEdit
  • For Menu Title, enter exactly: Paste
  • For keyboard shortcut, type a Command+V
  • Click Add
  • Click the "+" button
  • Select TextEdit
  • For Menu Title, enter exactly: Paste and Match Style
  • For keyboard shortcut, type a Command+Option+Shift+V
  • Click Add
There you go. Now you can paste with Command+V and always match the style of the surrounding text.

[crarko adds: Simple, but useful. This kind of thing is applicable to pretty much any application. Do most folks here look into customizing their UI to suit their own work habits? For me editing this site depends heavily on customizations in (and around) BBEdit.]
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Change Paste key combinations for TextEdit
Authored by: benwiggy on Feb 10, '14 08:48:47AM

I tried this a while ago, but it may have unforeseen consequences.

For instance, I use Xmenu, which allows you to create a series of text "snippets", which you can load into any document from a menulet. This feature stopped working when I changed the shortcuts.



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Change Paste key combinations for TextEdit
Authored by: barefootguru on Feb 10, '14 08:53:57AM
Change Paste key combinations for TextEdit
Authored by: robleach on Feb 11, '14 06:48:35AM

DOH! There it is!



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Change Paste key combinations for TextEdit
Authored by: jeffshenk on Feb 10, '14 09:38:40AM

Isn't this actually telling you how to set the keyboard commands to the system defaults? I think it might work better if the seventh and twelfth steps were exchanged.



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Change Paste key combinations for TextEdit
Authored by: robleach on Feb 11, '14 06:49:42AM

Yup, looks like I mindlessly swapped them. Sorry about that.



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Change Paste key combinations for TextEdit
Authored by: joekewe on Feb 10, '14 02:11:51PM

I did this a long time ago for Mail. The instructions (cmd-v, cmd-opt-shift-v) in your hint are backwards as someone already commented.



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Change Paste key combinations for TextEdit
Authored by: robleach on Jul 10, '14 01:05:46PM

I've discovered that there's a problem with this Hint when used in Mail.app. You can no longer paste text into the subject field when you've swapped the two paste methods. You can still paste using command-option-shift-v, but unless you've done the swap recently, the reason text won't paste into the subject can be elusive. I suspect that there are other similar limitations in other apps and text fields.



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Change Paste key combinations for TextEdit
Authored by: keirthomas on Feb 11, '14 08:05:35AM

Check out this app, which seems to be the perfect (and free) solution we're all looking for:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/formatmatch/id445211988?mt=12

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