For a long time, the only way to insert plain text in Microsoft Word was to unfold the little ribbon and then select the appropriate option. But now you can save time by using keyboard shortcuts. Like many other applications, Microsoft Word now offers a shortcut to paste anything into plain text.
With this solution, all you have to do is “Control + Shift + V” to paste the text. This saves you the hassle of manually removing unwanted formatting.
A new keyboard shortcut that makes life easier
This new feature in Microsoft Word makes copying and pasting text easier and faster. This is a very simple keyboard shortcut that will allow you to paste plain text without formatting it. What’s more, you won’t experience a real change since you’ll be using the same keyboard shortcut: Control + Shift + V (on Windows) or Cmd + Shift + V (on Mac). Indeed, the latter has always been used in other applications. We wonder why Microsoft waited so long before launching this keyboard shortcut in their word processing software.
In fact, the operation has always been possible in Word. Except that to apply it, you had to right-click and then select an option from the little ribbon that appeared. This may allow you to keep the original formatting. It can even be used to match the formatting of your document or use plain text. Now the keyboard shortcut will help you paste plain text faster.
As a reminder, when you copy text from a website, for example, Word retains the original formatting. Therefore, the text is displayed exactly the same as on the site. If you want to paste text without this shape, you’ll have to resort to the little ribbon. But now you can just use the keyboard shortcut Control + Shift + V (on Windows) or Cmd + Shift + V (on Mac).
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Something new that might be coming soon
Microsoft text editor users will be thrilled with this new keyboard shortcut. However, turning to competitors, we understand that this new product is a bit late. Indeed, this solution for pasting plain text already exists in other programs. You’ll find it on Google Docs, Microsoft Teams, Word for the web, Gmail, Slack, and more.
So why is Word only offering this keyboard shortcut now? In the official statement, Microsoft explains in these terms:[…]the industry standard differs from the original implementation of these features in Word. This is because users expect Ctrl+Shift+V to paste plain text, so when that doesn’t work, the experience can be frustrating. The Word team heard about this issue from users, so we’re updating the keyboard shortcuts in response to your feedback.”
In any case, better late than never. You can now use the new keyboard shortcut to paste plain text. But while the novelty is still in beta testing. It is available in version 16.0.15831.20174 or later of the Windows app. It is also available in version 16.67.1113.0 or later of the Mac application.