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Remove Text Formatting in Firefox the Easy Way

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Are you tired of having to paste text into Notepad from Firefox to remove the formatting before you can use it elsewhere? See how easy it is to remove all the formatting with the Copy Plain Text extension.


For our example we chose an article that had embedded links, bold section headers, and varying sizes of text. The “Context Menu” only offers a single “Copy Command” and there is no doubt that the formatting will also be copied.


Here is how the text copied from our example article looked after being pasted into Microsoft Word. It is easy to see the intact links, bold formatting, and multiple text sizes. Not very nice to work with is it? But it is very easy to fix…



Here is our example article and “Context Menu” after installing the Copy Plain Text extension. Now you can easily chose between retaining the formatting or totally eliminating it when you copy the text.


This is much better and you can easily do whatever you desire with the text.



The options for Copy Plain Text are easy to sort through…simply enable or disable features to suit your needs. Notice that there is an option to make it the “default copy action”.



If you have been looking for an easier way to remove formatting from the webpage text that you copy in Firefox, then this is definitely the extension to add to your browser.


Download the Copy Plain Text extension (Mozilla Add-ons)

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 11/17/09

Comments (5)

  1. tenveer

    come on dude , the simple fix would be to copy the test from browser to notepad than notepad to word …no need to install a extension for that :-)

  2. KBPrez

    I’ve been using this extension for quite awhile now. It’s one of the most useful around!

  3. Adam Koniuszewski

    Very usefull, Thanks

  4. Bobbylight

    This is a must have for bloggersor people posting on forums saves alot of time, thanks for this post was looking for add-on that worked with 3.5.5

  5. Jim

    Oh for goodness sake. Why on earth do you need an extension?

    MS Word has a paste special option to paste as plain text.

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