One of my favorite utilities is Steve Miller’s PureText. It lets you copy-and-paste text while removing all of the formatting. This is extremely useful; in fact, I used it twice just while writing this blog post.
For example, I often want to copy code snippets from my IDE, Eclipse, into Microsoft Word. Here’s what the code looks like in Eclipse:
And here’s what it looks like after pasting into Word:
I blame Bill Gates.
However, with PureText, I simply paste using a different shortcut (Windows+V), and get only the text, without any of the formatting:
(By the way, Microsoft Word allows you to remove formatting from pasted text, but only after you paste it. Using PureText is faster, and it works with all applications; not just Word.)