Using the Ctrl+Shift+V Shortcut

Tired of pasting and getting weird fonts and formatting in Windows 10 or 11? Avoid using Notepad as an intermediary. Try Ctrl+Shift+V shortcut and you will get only the text you want.

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RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
August 11, 2022

Tired of pasting and getting weird fonts and formatting in Windows 10 or 11? Avoid using Notepad as an intermediary. Try Ctrl+Shift+V shortcut and you will get only the text you want. Here’s why.

This is for Windows 10/11 and Mac. Screenshots are from Windows 10

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Paste Without Formatting

By default, when you normally Copy with Ctrl+C and Paste with Ctrl+V in Windows, the clipboard captures not only the text you have selected but also the styling that goes with it. That includes font style, text color, attributes such as bold and italics, and even bulleted lists.

Fortunately, there’s an easy way to avoid it. The next time you want to paste only the text without any formatting or style information, press Ctrl+Shift+V on your keyboard in Windows 10/11. (On a Mac, you can press Option+Shift+Command+V for a similar result).

Microsoft Word Fix

In Microsoft Word, Ctrl+Shift+V does not work. Instead, you will need to use a special option in the ribbon menu. To do so, switch to the Home tab and click Paste, then select the icon that looks like a clipboard with an “A” on it (Keep Text Only) which will paste without formatting. Refer to the below image:

Word Shortcut 1
Selecting the Keep Text Only option

You can also change the default behavior in Word to always paste without formatting. To do so, navigate to

File > Options

In the Options menu that opens, click Advanced in the sidebar, then choose Keep Text Only in the Cut, Copy, and Paste drop-down menus. This way, you can make Ctrl+V always paste as Keep Text Only in Word. See the below image:

Word Shortcut 2
Selecting the Keep Text Only option for Pasting within the same document

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I am Raymond Oglesby, an Information Technology (IT) specialist with 30 years in the field. I have taught Microsoft Applications and troubleshot computers in 15 countries and many States. My career was focused on mainframes and desktops from application development to implementation. I have written hundreds of programs for various architectures. I decided to start a blog to share my knowledge and experiences with you. I plan on updating this blog at least twice a week about smart phone apps to Windows. Please feel free to leave a Comment or Tweet. I would love to hear from you. Do you have a computer tech question? I will do my best to answer your inquiry. Please mention the app and version that you are using. To help me out, you can send screenshots of your data related to your question.

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