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Remove Text Formatting the Easy Way with PureText

Wishing that there was an easier way than using Notepad as a “middleman” to remove formatting from text that you are copying and pasting?  With PureText you can easily remove that formatting with a simple Windows hot-key combination.

Installation & Setup

The wonderful thing about PureText is that it is a portable app style exe file that requires no installation. Simply place the file in a location that best suits your needs (i.e. a home folder in Program Files), create a shortcut to it, and you are ready to go.

Normally a copy and paste is the tried and true “Ctrl + C” and “Ctrl + V”, but then there is still all of that irritating formatting to sort out. With PureText it is as simple as “Ctrl + C” and “Windows Key + V” (default hot-key setting)…instant plain text goodness!

A Quick Look at PureText

Once you have PureText started, it can be easily accessed with the icon (PT symbol) in the System Tray.


Right clicking on the PureText icon will display the following menu.


The Options Window for PureText. There are not a lot of configuration settings that you will have to deal with…mainly deciding if you want PureText to start each time with your Windows installation (definitely recommended!) and the hot-key combination that you would like to use for PureText.


Here you can see that there are a lot of possible hot-key combinations to choose from if you do not like the default “Windows Key + V” setting.



PureText makes removing formatting so easy, you will wonder how you ever survived without it!


Download PureText (version 2.0)

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 07/28/09

Comments (9)

  1. Tyler

    I like to use Notepad, just copy and paste into Notepad and then copy and paste back out again.

  2. Jarrod

    Or if you don’t want bloatware on your computer, just choose Edit -> Paste Special and Unformatted Text. This will paste your text with the format that is chosen wherever your cursor is, in Word anyway.

  3. Vaibhav

    This is almost awesome. I just don’t want it running in my system tray, but I guess it has to run in the background somehow.

  4. Cary

    What it won’t do – “It will not remove or fix new-lines, carriage returns, tabs, or other white-space. It will not fix word-wrap or clean up your paragraphs. If you copy the source code of a web page to the clipboard, it is not going to remove all the HTML tags…. – gives it a pass for me.

    If it could incorporate all the eCleaner options as a series of on-off buttons, now THAT would be something to check out….

  5. Jim

    I would love to have this. But it won’t work here. When I use the Windows-V command, all I get is a lower case v typed into Word (or wherever I am).

    If I right click on its logo in my system tray, one of the options is “Convert to Text” – that does convert my clipboard contents to plain text, then I can paste using the regular Ctrl-V.

    Nothing special about my setup, I’m using a one year old Dell running Vista Home Premium. Am I missing something super simple?

  6. Asian Angel

    @Jim – Has anything on your computer made any changes or alterations to the “Hotkey Command Mapping” for your keyboard?

    I am also wondering if any security apps might be having an unusual and unexpected effect…

  7. Alec Soroudi

    Jim, do you have Win-V assigned as a hotkey to something else? Or did you change the PureText hotkey?

    (Notepad as a middle man? Well, yes I do, often. But I also use the Run dialog’s edit control just as often, even though it is supposed to be a Unicode compatible control.)

  8. rastamanx

    I’ve been using PureText for many months now on Windows XP (32 bit), and love it. However, PureText doesn’t seem to work on Windows 7 x64 OS… installs, and shows in system tray, but does not paste text….any suggestions for a x64 solution…??

  9. broozah

    It does work under Windows 7 (64 bit), but you have to run it as Administrator. Right click the .exe > Run as administrator.

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