How To Paste Without Formatting Google Docs

Last Updated on July 23, 2023 by Jake Sheridan

In this tutorial, you will learn how to paste without formatting Google Docs.

How To Paste Without Formatting Google Docs

Sometimes when copying and pasting text from one application to another, you may find that the formatting of the pasted text doesn’t match the formatting of the original text.

This can be a huge hassle, especially if you are working with a lot of text. Fortunately, Google Docs makes it easy to paste text without formatting.

In this guide, we will show you how to paste text without formatting into a Google Docs document. We’ll also explain how to remove formatting from existing text by using the Clear formatting feature in Google Docs.

How to Paste Values Only in Google Docs

Here’s our step-by-step guide on how to paste values only in Google Docs.

Step 1

First, open the document that contains the formatted text.

In this example, we’ll copy text from the same Google Docs document. However, we can also copy formatted text from elsewhere, such as a PDF or web page.

Step 2

Use your cursor to select the text you want to paste elsewhere without formatting.

In this example, we have two paragraphs that contain various types of text formatting including bold, italics, highlights, underlines, and different fonts and text colors.

Step 3

Place your cursor in a new location where you want to paste your selection. Right-click and choose Paste without formatting. You may also use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+V.

Google Docs will now paste the document with the default formatting of your document. Any other special formatting such as bold letters or italicized letters will be removed.

Step 4

Another way to remove formatting is through the Clear formatting option. After copy-pasting your original text, you can click Format > Clear formatting to remove the added formatting in your pasted text.

You can also use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+\.

This guide should be everything you need to learn how to paste without formatting Google Docs.

Click this link to make a copy of this sample document to try doing it yourself!