I would like to copy text in one text element (A) in Photoshop and paste it into another text element (B) without influencing the style. I would like to keep the styling of element B when I paste.

Photoshop instead copies the styling from A with.

Any keyboard shortcut to make this work?

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    If there isn't a "paste as plain text" option, I just paste the words into notepad to clear styling then copy again
    – SaturnsEye
    Jan 16, 2015 at 10:39

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there's no such shortcut in Photoshop. Paste in a plain text editor, copy from there and paste again in Photoshop.

If you're on a Mac and have ClipMenu installed, simply hitting cmd+shift+v and selecting the same text should clear up the text formatting.


You can do this one step faster. Instead of the text editor, Use Photoshop's Font drop-down for clearing the text styling!

See details here: http://futurice.com/blog/photoshop-productivity-hack-paste-and-match-style-alternative

  1. Copy the text you need to paste, from wherever (web, other app, other Photoshop file).
  2. Select the Ps Type tool (you would be doing this anyway, because you're pasting into a text object).
  3. Paste into the Font drop-down. (this is the "hack" part)
  4. Select All from the Font drop-down and Copy again.
  5. Hit Escape. (to revert the Font drop-down selection to what it was before and prevent getting an error)
  6. Paste into your destination text object.
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    Can you expand your answer to explain how to do that?
    – Luciano
    Feb 3, 2016 at 9:35
  • That's actually a pretty good hack! You should list the steps in your answer though, links can easily be taken down or moved.
    – Cai
    Feb 3, 2016 at 9:43

You can use the application Ditto - http://ditto-cp.sourceforge.net/ and create a shortcut for pasting plain text. It works for windows.

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    Hi Mathew, welcome to GDSE and thanks for contributing. We like seeing long answers here, so although your answer is correct, could you maybe substantiate it a bit more? Tell us what the program is, why and how it works. Users are hesitant to just click any link and a more substantiated answer can help legitimate the link. Please keep contributing and thanks for your time and effort. If you have any questions, see the help center for more info, comment on a question or answer, or ping us in Graphic Design Chat.
    – PieBie
    Dec 12, 2016 at 8:18

Go into text edit mode > right click > paste without formatting (PS CC2018+) enter image description here

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