Copy Pasta!

Do you copy and paste text from one place to the other often? Are you annoyed when the formatting from the place you copied comes along when you paste? There are a few ways to do a ‘paste special’ depending on the destination application, but there’s something better.

Here’s a great tool for your Windows machine, called PureText. From Steve Miller’s website (not the band), the main features are:

PureText only removes rich formatting from text. This includes the font face, font style (bold, italics, etc.), font color, paragraph styles (left/right/center aligned), margins, character spacing, bullets, subscript, superscript, tables, charts, pictures, embedded objects, etc. However, it does not modify the actual text. 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. If you copy text from an actual web page (not the source of the page), it will remove the formatting.

Give it a try and see what you think.  It will certainly make your moving of text from one place to the other much easier.

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2 Responses

  1. Sarah Kolkman (Westveer) says:

    Hey Prof. Houtman!
    I was in one of your classes at Cornerstone and I have a question about some research that I am doing with Autism and Ipads – do you think you could give me some information?



  2. Ron Houtman says:

    I’ll drop you an email and see what I can do to help.

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Copy Pasta!

by Ron Houtman time to read: 1 min