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Ivan's picture

Paste and match the style

When you copy and paste text using Apple-C / Apple-V you are not only copying the textual data but also the styling of the text. This is not a good thing most of the time as it would create a mix of different font types, colors, weights, etc. in your document and you have to manually reset to make it look consistent.

You can however use a simple trick to bypass the pasting of stylistic info and just paste the textual data. Just use the Apple-Option-Shift-V shortcut to paste and avoid extra work.

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djvm98's picture
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On my Mac this doesn't work, I used to use "paste special" option, but it's not available on browsers (FF 3.5)

Any hint if I write on word and then paste the text on my blog editor, without pasting metadata?

ItalianMike's picture
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Just did a test a copied and pasted some of Ivan's text from the browser to a Stickies note on my desktop and it worked there. I'll have to give it some time to see if it holds up in all applications.

I have to say that copying the style is something that has driven me crazy. I just hate it, and really can't see too many uses for it. But maybe others out there love it.

Thanks a bunch Ivan, this is one tip that's going to get heavily used.

steveballmer's picture
653 pencils

How very intuitive!
I am not Steve Ballmer pretending not to be me!

aperture22's picture
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Tried the trick in Illustrator but doesn't work there....

Ivan's picture

In illustrator when you copy from Mail or Textedit the style is lost by default. If you copy within Illustrator the trick above doesn't work. And, as far as I know there is no solution. Apparently the next version of Illustrator will have the feature to paste without formatting like InDesign has it already.

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