iWork provides the keyboard shortcut Cmd-Option-Shift-V to paste text without it's original formatting. How can I get this or a similar shortcut key for Microsoft Word 2008 for Mac?
I found the answer in this blog post
Create the AppleScript:
try set theClip to Unicode text of (the clipboard as record) tell application "Microsoft Word" to tell selection to type text text theClip end try
Save in /Users/YourUserName/Documents/Microsoft User Data/Word Script Menu Items as Paste unformatted\mosV.scpt (the backslashed bit at the end of the filename provides the shortcut). Restart Word and you can now paste without importing extraneous styles with Apple-Alt-Shift-V.
Answer to the same problem but for Microsoft Word 2011: how to assign pasting as unformatted text to Cmd+V.
I don't know about Word 2008 but for Word for Mac v16.16.7 (whatever edition that is), I was able to use a version of the
Tools > Customize Keyboard solution. Once there, select
Edit on the left and
PasteTextOnly on the right. Then, add whatever keyboard shortcut you want, e.g.,
command+V. I have not extensively road tested this but it seems to work.
This blog post describes a method by redefining Cmd-V to a custom macro:
- Unbind Cmd-V from standard “Paste”.
- Record a macro for Cmd-V.
- Fix the source code of the new macro (by replacing wdPasteDefault with wdFormatPlainText).
If you want to keep standard "Paste" functionality it might be better to use another key combination though.