Paste without formatting in Microsoft Word

By December 15, 2016 May 22nd, 2018 Tech Tip

Is it possible to paste without formatting in Microsoft Word? Let’s say we want to copy text from a webpage or an email. When you highlight, copy (Ctrl + C), and then paste (Ctrl + V) the text into Word, all the formatting comes with it. Like this:

Text with formatting in Word

But what you want is this:

Text in Word, paste without formatting

You can clear formatting after you’ve pasted, but let’s just cut to the chase and paste without formatting!

To paste without formatting:

  1. Right click in the Word document where you want to paste your text.
  2. On the menu under Paste Options, choose the third option, “Keep Text Only”. The icon is a clipboard with an A on it.

How to paste without formatting in Word

And that’s really how easy it is!

Another tip: Do you have a lot of formatted text in your document that you need to clean up?

  1. Highlight the text.
  2. On the Ribbon, go to Home > Styles > and choose “Clear Formatting” from the drop-down options.

Clear formatting in Word


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