PureText is a tiny tray utility that removes all text formatting from your clipboard and optionally pastes the resulting pure text to the active window with a single hotkey.
Have you ever copied some text from a web page or Word document, and wanted to paste it as plain text into another application without getting all the formatting from the original source? PureText makes this simple. Just copy/cut whatever you want to the clipboard, click on the PureText tray icon, and then paste to any application. Better yet, you can configure a PureText Hotkey to convert and paste the text for you. The pasted text will be pure and free from all formatting.
After running PureText, you will see a "PT" icon appear near the clock on your task bar. You can click on this icon to remove formatting from the text that is currently on the clipboard. You can right-click on the icon to display a menu with more options.
The easiest way to use PureText is to simply use its Hotkey to paste text instead of using the standard CTRL+V Hotkey that is built into most Windows applications. To configure PureText, right-click on its tray icon and choose "Options" from the pop-up menu. The default Hotkey is WINDOWS+V, but this can be changed. In this Options window, you can also configure PureText to run each time you start Windows.
What PureText Will and Will Not Do
PureText only removes rich formatting from text. This includes the font face, font style (bold, italics, etc.), font color, paragraph styles (left/right/center aligned), margins, character spacing, bullets, subscript, superscript, tables, charts, pictures, embedded objects, etc. However, it does not modify the actual text. It will not remove or fix new-lines, carriage returns, tabs, or other white-space. It will not fix word-wrap or clean up your paragraphs. If you copy the source code of a web page to the clipboard, it is not going to remove all the HTML tags. If you copy text from an actual web page (not the source of the page), it will remove the formatting.
PureText is equivalent to opening Notepad, doing a PASTE, followed by a SELECT-ALL, and then a COPY. The benefit of PureText is performing all these actions with a single Hotkey and having the result pasted into the current window automatically.
New! PureText is now in the Windows Store
If you are running a recent version of Windows 10 (version 1607 or later), you can now install PureText directly from the Windows Store. It's the same great PureText, but the Store provides a simple install, uninstall, and automatic updates to new versions of PureText in the future.
PureText 6.2 in the Windows Store
If you are running an earlier version of Windows or would prefer to manually install PureText, the following are for you.
PureText 6.2 [64-bit] (Windows XP - Windows 10) [43k]
PureText 6.2 [32-bit] (Windows 95 - Windows 10) [38k]
The above two links are ZIP files that contain a single PureText.exe file. There is no setup program. You can save PureText.exe anywhere you wish (Program Files, My Documents, some utilities folder, etc.) and then just double-click on it to run it. After running PureText.exe, you will see a "PT" icon appear near the clock on your task bar. You can right-click on the icon to display a menu with more options.
If you wish to ever uninstall PureText, first make sure PureText is not running. If you see the "PT" icon on your Windows task bar, just right-click on it and choose "Exit". Once PureText has exited, simply delete PureText.exe to complete the uninstall.
What is new in version 6.2 (2018-03-01)
What was new in version 6.1 (2017-10-21)
What was new in version 6.0 (2017-10-17)
What was new in version 5.0 (2017-02-27)
What was new in version 4.0 (2015-11-15)
What was new in version 3.0 (2013-01-04)
What was new in version 2.0 (2003-08-21)
What was new in Version 1.2 (2002)
What was new in Version 1.1 (2002)
What was in Version 1.0 (2001)
PureText is completely free to use. You may not profit from the distribution of it, nor may you bundle it with another product. If you would like to link to PureText, please do so by linking to this page (http://SteveMiller.net/PureText)
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