I'm using Photoshop.
I want to copy text from a layer in one document and paste in a layer in second document without changing the formatting in the second layer.
What happen is that the text formatting also gets copied with the text and when I paste it in the other layer its formatting changes according to the copied layer. I just want to copy the text only.
Nobody seems to be asking this question.
I have some screenshot to illustrate my point.


  1. Copy the text "Lorem Ipsum"
  2. Select the layer "Team Working dedicatedly."
  3. Paste the text.

You can see that the font of the title layer changes to the font of the body text layer.

Copy the text "Lorem Ipsum" Select the title layer

Paste the text there

2 Answers 2


You already have an answer for recent versions of Photoshop, but for versions older than CC 2018 which don't have that option, it's also possible to paste the text into a plain text editor such as Notepad or TextEdit, copy the text again, then paste into Photoshop. This will strip the formatting.

  • And if the text is not very long, you can just copy the layer name. Which is what I currently do.
    – Mooze
    Nov 15, 2020 at 11:00
  • 2
    @NiazKhan Sure. And you could also just paste it into the search bar in a web browser, or even the search bar in Windows 10, or any application that uses plain unformatted text, select all, and copy again, then paste into Photoshop. There are so many ways to go about this that involve using the same basic principle.
    – Billy Kerr
    Nov 15, 2020 at 11:09

Edit menu > Paste Special > Paste without formatting

Or right click menu > Paste without formatting

enter image description here

enter image description here

You can hot-key it, as with any Adobe menu item, from Edit menu > Keyboard shortcuts…

enter image description here

Click for full size

  • On many word processors, there is a shortcut like CTRL+SHIFT+C, which does the same. Is there an equivalent for Photoshop? Nov 15, 2020 at 13:22
  • I've never known a copy without format, only paste without format. You can hot-key any Adobe menu item, so you can make it whatever you wish.
    – Tetsujin
    Nov 15, 2020 at 15:02
  • Yes, that's what I meant. CTRL+SHIFT+V, not C. My mistake. Nov 15, 2020 at 16:15
  • 1
    I added the hot-key method
    – Tetsujin
    Nov 15, 2020 at 16:28

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.