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Text that is copied from a web browser and pasted into the native Stickies app often brings text highlighting along with it and I haven't been able to find a way to remove the highlighting within Stickies. My current workaround is to paste the text into MacVim and then re-copy and paste it into Stickies.

Is there a way to remove highlighting within Stickies? Even better would be a way to remove all text formatting within Stickies.

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I suggest that you try the “Paste and match style” menu command, right below “Paste” - the corresponding shortcut is ⇧–⌥–⌘-V. It will paste the content, but strip all the associated formatting.

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Highlight all the text and right-click, go to font>styles and you can just click 'apply' to make all the styles match.

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Text formatting can be changed by selecting the relevant text and typing Cmd-T.

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Yes, that brings up Font -> Show Fonts. In that menu, I can change the text, underline and strikethrough colors, but I don't see highlighting color as an option. – amacy Dec 23 '12 at 10:09
Isn't the last of the four options at the top of the dialog the highlight color? Or is this only the background? – patrix Dec 23 '12 at 10:17
In Stickies the 4th color option is unresponsive... – amacy Dec 23 '12 at 10:22
Hmm, works here. Did you try it with a new note (one not pasted from the browser) as well? – patrix Dec 23 '12 at 10:39
I just tried that and it didn't work, either. Perhaps this is a bug corrected in a newer version of OS X? I'm still running 10.6.8 (haven't upgraded because of CS4 compatibility fears) – amacy Dec 23 '12 at 10:52

I found a solution. Open up a Microsoft Word document and paste it there, then click the Remove All font option in the menus. Afterwards, you'll be able to copy and paste into the Stickies without highlightings.

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