remove formatting from clipboard text.

Have you ever copied some text from a web page or a document and then wanted to paste it as simple text into another application without getting all the formatting from the original source? PureText makes this simple by adding a new Windows hot-key (default is WINDOWS+V) that allows you to paste text to any application without formatting.

PureText is a useful tool to convert clipboard text into plain text and remove all formatting. Usually, if you copy/paste text or paragraphs into a word processor or other rich text aware application, it will maintain all formatting including hyperlinks etc. PureText runs in the system tray and can convert the text in the clipboard with a single click. Optionally it can also paste the converted text directly into the document. The pasted text will have all formatting removed.

Some important considerations, it does not work well if you open the browser in sandboxie mode and also if you have Threatfire installed it shows some sign of stiffness even sometimes it does not work and hangs.

What PureText Will and Will Not Do

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.

PureText is basically equivalent to opening Notepad, doing a PASTE, followed by a SELECT-ALL, and then a COPY.  The benefit of PureText is performing all these actions with a single Hot-Key and having the result pasted into the current window automatically.


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Product detail:

Publisher    Steve Miller
File Size    12 kb
Version    2.0 (history)
Last updated    Aug 22, 2003
License    Freeware
Windows    98/ME/2000/XP



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