Remove Text Formatting the Easy Way with PureText

By Akemi Iwaya on July 28th, 2009

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.

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

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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.

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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.

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Conclusion

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

Links

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
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