I find that "Paste and Match Style" is more often useful than just "Paste" when I am copying text. Is there a way to make this the default behavior? The (long) keyboard shortcuts are also inconsistent between applications and difficult to remember. For example:

TextEdit - +++V

Chrome - ++V


This will do the trick:

  1. Go to System Preferences / Keyboard / Keyboard Shortcuts / Applications.
  2. Click the + button.
  3. Choose All Applications, from the drop-down list.
  4. On the menu title field add the exact name of the menu bar item.
  5. Pick your keyboard shortcut and click Add.

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In case you overwrite the default Command+V shortcut, if the application lacks the Paste and Match Style option, paste will work as usual.

  • In El Capitan, it is System Preferences / Keyboard / Shortcuts / App Shortcuts – Michael Easter Sep 17 '18 at 0:04
  • I find in some circumstances that "Paste and Match Style" would fail, and paste didn't work as usual (and so I had to right-click to paste). – Peter Kagey Sep 24 '20 at 23:55

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