Scott Hanselman

Pasting Unformatted Text a Better Way - PureText

September 26, '05 Comments [3] Posted in Musings
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Lately the bane of my existence has been Alt-E, S, End, Enter. I do that all day long - to bring up the Word "Paste Special" Dialog, go to the bottom of the list and select "Unformatted Text" and paste my freshly vanilla-ed text into some application that's not digging Word's RTF schmutz.

Enter PureText (via LifeHacker). A little application, that I've bound to previously unused Windows-V, that pastes the clipboard's unformatted text to the current window. Fantastic. I've just replaced 5 keys with 2. That'll save me like 20 seconds a day, which over the course of the year will save me like 66 minutes. I will spend that 66 minutes watching reruns of Firefly.

(Oh, and it's 28k, which is just classy as heck. Points for style.)

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2005 3:01:27 AM UTC
I just created (recorded, even) a macro in Word and bound it to ... well, pick your key. Save in Normal.dot.
Tuesday, September 27, 2005 9:00:38 AM UTC
Why paste unformatted text its not the default in Word and other apps completely mystifies me. MS Office developers have lost it.
David
Tuesday, September 27, 2005 11:10:14 AM UTC
I keep an instance of Notepad kicking around. Ctrl-V, Ctrl-A, Ctrl-X and back to Word (using alt tab) for a Ctrl-V. While it looks like more keystrokes than the paste unformatted thing, they are all near each other and can be done with one hand, not a lot of thinking. It also works whether you're pasting into Word, Powerpoint, FrontPage, Visual Studio, or pretty much any "I'm so smart I will preserve your formatting" application. They all turn out to be not quite smart enough.
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