When you paste rich text into a form open in the Firefox web browser you may notice that the formatting of the original text is retained on the page you have pasted the contents on.
If you copy an article for example that you find here on this site or just a paragraph, and paste it into an editor in Firefox that supports rich text, you will notice that the title, bold text and links are still displayed even though you may not want that.
That may not always be a problem, for instance if you are pasting the contents into a form configured to only accept plain text, but if the form accepts rich text, it may be one.
One of the reasons for that is that you may need to remove the formatting from the text before you publish it on the website.
The format may be different depending on the source. Sometimes CSS code may be copied while at other times other code depending on the source the code was copied from.
So what can you do if you want to paste as plain text in Firefox?
Depending on the form you paste text into, you may use its paste as plain text option if it offers one. The WordPress editor offers that functionality for example, but it is not the best option as you need to select it first. It is too limited and not a universal solution.
Another option are programs like PureText that you run on your system that modify the contents of the Clipboard on command so that you can paste text without formatting into any other program on the system.
There are also add-ons that you can make use of, for instance Copy as Plain Text. The extension adds a couple of extra options to the process such as trimming space or removing duplicate blank lines.
While the extra options may make it worthwhile for some users of the browser, you can alternatively use a native hotkey in Firefox.
Instead of pasting text using Ctrl-V, you simply use Ctrl-Shift-V to do so. The difference between both options is that the latter pastes the text without formatting while the former retains it. You can also hold down Shift while using the mouse to paste contents in the browser as this works fine as well.
Good thing is, this works in other Mozilla-based products as well such as Thunderbird.Advertisement
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