I want to set up my computer to paste unformatted text by default. When I try to do this (following the advise of several online guides) my paste no longer works. I went to keyboard > shortcuts > app shortcuts > +. See my changes below. When I try command+v in Microsoft Word, nothing happens. What went wrong here? Is there a way I can make this work in Microsoft Word? enter image description here

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    Pro tip for screenshots of a window - after you hit cmd/shift/4 tap the spacebar & then the window you click in will be screen-snapped perfectly, including nice drop-shadow.
    – Tetsujin
    Jun 20 '17 at 6:33


First make a new macro in Word. Go to Tools > Macro > Macros… and make a new macro called PasteUnformatted.

Paste this code into the Visual Basic editor:

Sub PasteUnformatted() Selection.PasteSpecial DataType:=wdPasteText End Sub

Then remap the cmd+V shortcut by going to Tools > Customize Keyboard… then pick ‘Macros’ from the Categories list. Find PasteUnformatted and assign cmd-V to it, click on the ‘assign’ button, and now every time you press cmd-V it should paste unformatted text that matches the formatting of the new document you are working on.


When I try ctrl+v


Try to delete and add one again.

It works for me (macOS Sierra, Safari):

  • Did the checkmark appear for you? It still isn't working for me.
    – kilojoules
    Jun 19 '17 at 21:13
  • I'm mostly testing this with Microsoft word...
    – kilojoules
    Jun 19 '17 at 21:15
  • No, there is no checkmark
    – ferasinka
    Jun 19 '17 at 21:16
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    I see now. It works in most places but not in Microsoft Word.
    – kilojoules
    Jun 19 '17 at 21:22
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    Word doesn't use the command "Paste and Match Style" it uses "Paste and Match Formatting"
    – Tetsujin
    Jun 20 '17 at 6:24

The trick for any non-standard app is to set the key command for that app alone.
You also need to remove or alter any existing conflict [in this case Cmd ⌘ V ] so the simplest in this case seems to be to just swap them over.

The following seems to work just fine on Word 2011, can't test on any other versions

[BTW, Word doesn't appear in the list when you try to add it as an app - you have to use Other... & go find it in Applications]

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... or perhaps not.
Paste and Match Formatting isn't the same as 'unformatted text'

I came up with this compromise

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It's not a one-key fix, unfortunately - though you can just hit [Down Arrow depending on the existing format the menu presents different options], Enter

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