Get Plain Text: Copy & paste without formatting on the Mac

With the Mac app "Get Plain Text" you can convert formatted text into plain text "on the fly". Alternatively, you can only selectively convert the contents of the clipboard to plain text.

I don't know how long I've been making the detour via BBEdit when I copy text somewhere under macOS and then copy it to a website or editor without formatting. In any case, I need it every day when I copy something into the WordPress WYSIWYG editor without including formatting such as font, font size or bold.

With the Mac app "Get Plain Text" you can convert formatted text into plain text "on the fly". Alternatively, you can only selectively convert the contents of the clipboard to plain text.

With the Mac app "Get Plain Text" you can convert formatted text into plain text "on the fly". Alternatively, you can only selectively convert the contents of the clipboard to plain text.

The "Get Plain Text" Mac app

Since today I had to take over a larger Excel table cell by cell - but without formatting - the pain was great enough to look for alternative solutions. Fortunately, other people have also developed the problem and have already developed an app for it that runs on macOS: Get Plain Text.

I have the software downloaded from the Mac Appstore, but you can too via the ZipZapMac website inform about the tool. Get Plain Text is free in the app store, but you can donate three different amounts to the developer with an in-app purchase. Since I use the software every day from now on, I immediately booked the "premium donation package", which costs EUR 4,49.

I am a hero! I always knew ... but for less than 5 euros you can get it again in writing with a picture! :)

I am a hero! I always knew ... but for less than 5 euros you can get it again in writing with a picture! :)

Another feature: Simplify quotations

An additional feature that can be optionally switched on is the simplification of quotation marks in the text. On the website it is transfigured like this:

Simplify quotations: All characters (““ ”» «) become" and (›‹ ‚'') become '

I don't currently have any use for this, but the idea behind it is definitely a good one!

The Get Plain Text menu can be found in the Mac menu bar. This shows you what options you have.

The Get Plain Text menu can be found in the Mac menu bar. This shows you what options you have.

Conclusion: convert the clipboard to plain text - it couldn't be easier!

I now have the tool running permanently in the background and every time I copy and use something, I am pleased that the utility program has saved me the detour via the text editor and thus a few seconds of my time.

Here again the link to the Mac App Sore, where you can get "Get Plain Text": https://itunes.apple.com/de/app/get-plain-text/id508368068?mt=12

Thanks to the developers for this handy tool!

 

 

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2 comments

  1. Bernd says:

    I have just tried to load this app in the app store, but received the message "nothing found".

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