Remove formatting from text on the clipboard

runs on Windows
screenshot of HovText

The Windows clipboard may be one of the most important features that this operating system offers. The ability to grab text out of one document and stuff it into another is something we take for granted today, but way-back-when, you couldn't do that. Sometimes, though, the clipboard does its job a little too well.

As you know, depending on the circumstances, when you stick text on the clipboard, you may bring a bunch of formatting along with it. That may be fine in some situations, but you also run the risk, when you then paste that text into a word processing document that you're going to screw-up your document's formatting, imposing the formatting of your little clipboard snippet on it instead. That's probably not what you wanted. If this has happened to you, you might want to check out HovText.

This clipboard-enhancement tool makes it easy to strip non-text data out of your copy-and-paste activities. Now instead for bringing a bunch of formatting along with it, you'll get the text, and only the text. Once you've pasted the content into your target document, you can go ahead and format your heart out.

HovText is a free Windows application. It runs on any Win32 platform from Windows 95 on up.

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2 Responses to “Remove formatting from text on the clipboard”

  1. Marcel says:

    This is a great piece of software. I really find it annoying when pieces of code and other “clutter” get copied onto the clipboard when you only need the text. Thanks for bringing it to our attention!

  2. Austinkir says:

    This is cool. I always just pasted stuff into notepad and then re-copied it to accomplish this. Or I’d even use something like this comment box….