Global 'copy plain text' or 'paste plain text' in Mac OS X

Posted on 2011-05-09
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I need a global Mac OS X keyboard shortcut to 'copy plain text' or 'paste plain text' (aka 'copy without formatting' or 'paste without formatting'). By global I mean that it needs to work in every application.

I followed the instructions here:

But those scripts don't work.

Also, I was never able to get a keyboard shortcut to both run Plain Clip and paste the formatting-stripped text:

I tried this one, too, but can't get it to work:

I probably just don't understand Mac OS X scripting and need step-by-step instructions.

This works for me, except I need it to strip formatting AND paste in a single system-wide keyboard shortcut:

Does anyone have a solution for this?
Question by:lukeprog
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    Accepted Solution

    Jumpcut is an open source advanced clipboard. Whereas many advanced clipboards copy and paste formatted text, graphics, etc., Jumpcut just does plain text, which is an attribute that you (and I) want.

    This unformatted paste issue has been an ongoing aggravation, as I need to paste unformatted in Word very frequently, and had not considered using a global solution. The best way I had figured, in Word, was a keystroke to "paste special" which defaults to something other than "unformatted" and always requires additional keystrokes or mouse clicks.

    Your post inspired me to find a solution. I expect that the unformatted paste applescripts you had linked would have been available with a global keystroke inside an automator service. Jumpcut is easier and (for me, anyway) a more useful solution.

    So, I hope this helps and, in any event, thanks for asking the question!


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