PureText: A faster, better way to paste plain text

Sometimes you need a quick text strip-down. Forget opening a notepad to paste unformatted text into a document--the free PureText pastes plain text with a hot key combo.

When you need to paste text--and just plain text--without any fonts, pictures, or style markers, what do you do? Microsoft Word users might employ the Paste Special feature in the Edit menu. And if you're not using Word? Then you might copy the source text and paste it into Notepad, TextPad, or another top-rated text editor. Then you would copy that unformatted text and paste it to the destination document.

What bother. PureText is a scrappy clipboard app that cuts out the busy work. It assigns a hot key combination to facilitate format-free pasting from the source to the destination without you ever needing to launch an additional app or detour to Word's Edit menu. Holding down the Windows key while pressing "V" is the default setup, but users can choose from a number of other hot key options. Note though, the ALT key isn't one of them.

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Set PureText to run whenever Windows starts or change the pasting hot key. (Credit: CNET Networks)

PureText is the strong, silent type--one of those programs you keep around to cover your bases. There are personal and professional moments when you need a quick text strip-down. As developer Steven Miller warns, PureText won't do everything, but it will zap formatting from italics, color, and bullet points to tables, charts, and objects.

I've recently used PureText on both Vista and XP setups, and it's done its job admirably. A few more frills wouldn't hurt, but with a free-to-use license and a solid understanding of its core duty, it's tough to lay fault.

About Jessica Dolcourt

Jessica Dolcourt reviews smartphones and cell phones, covers handset news, and pens the monthly column Smartphones Unlocked. A senior editor, she started at CNET in 2006 and spent four years reviewing mobile and desktop software before taking on devices.