Removing Word’s Formatting from text before pasting into .Text or other apps…

The age-old question of ‘how do I avoid putting funky Office HTML into my blog postings’ came up on an internal email list today, and one of the answers was a pointer to, which I had never heard of… but it looks cool!

“Have you ever copied some text from a web page, a word document, help, etc., and wanted to paste it as simple text into another application without getting all the formatting from the original source? PureText makes this simple. Just copy/cut whatever you want to the clipboard, click on the PureText tray icon, and then paste to any application. Better yet, you can configure a Hot-Key to convert and paste the text for you. The pasted text will be pure and free from all formatting.”

(Listening To: Simple Lies [Endo / Daredevil])

Author: Duncan Mackenzie

I'm the Developer Lead for the Channel 9 team, formerly worked on MSDN as a developer, content strategist and author.

2 thoughts on “Removing Word’s Formatting from text before pasting into .Text or other apps…”

  1. Why did Microsoft stop developing the Office HTML Filter. This had a convienient “Copy as Html” that filtered out the office redundant garbage and allowed you to paste good html into other editors. AntiTrust?, or is there a different way to do it now?

  2. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. Part of my job is updating a CMS for our companys website. I was told by the programmers that if I had a word document with content that i wanted on our web pages, all i had to do was past the text into wordpad and then save it. This apparently would clean up all the formatting. Then i had to copy and paste the wordpad text into the CMS program. Im not sure if they missed telling me something but the the formatting always remained and it was just so frustrating.

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. This has made my job a million times easier and a trillion times less frustrating 🙂

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