Mac instructions: insert text and links into Pages unformatted

Lately I gave you the new features of the iWork apps version 10.1 indicated; z. B. Inserting YouTube videos into Pages documents. But you don't always want to paste the video when copying a video URL into a text document. In the following, I will explain to you how to simply display the URL text in its pure form instead of the video or a hyperlink. The procedure also works if you copy text from websites, from a PDF or from other sources in iWork apps such as Pages, Numbers and Keynote or in an email. With a simple trick, the text from the clipboard takes on the formatting or style of the document.

Paste text without formatting and copy URLs into a document without hyperlinks or object conversion - all this is possible with a single key combination.

Paste text without formatting and copy URLs into a document without hyperlinks or object conversion - all this is possible with a single key combination.

Mac keyboard shortcut: insert text and links without formatting

The trick basically only consists of the key combination command + Alt + Shift + V. This may seem a bit extensive at first, but can be implemented quickly in the daily workflow. Because on many keyboards you can grasp command and Alt with your index finger and Shift with the middle finger of your left hand and then press V with one finger of your right hand. At least that's how I do it - you're sure to find a way too. 

Here are a few alternative names for the "Insert and customize style" function, followed by a diagram with an Apple keyboard:

  • command + option + Shift + V
  • cmd + alt + Shift + V
  • ⌘ + ⌥ + ⇧ + V
Insert and customize your style, that's what this Mac shortcut is for. It works in Pages, Mail, Numbers, and so on. It doesn't seem to work in Microsoft Office apps.

Insert and customize your style, that's what this Mac shortcut is for. It works in Pages, Mail, Numbers, and so on. It doesn't seem to work in Microsoft Office apps.

Insert unformatted text in Pages, Mail, etc. via the menu

For example, if you have copied a text with formatting (different headline sizes, large line spacing, bold and italic type, different text colors and fonts) on a website, you may not want to paste the whole thing in the original form. If you want to use the settings of your document or your e-mail instead, you can either use the key combination shown above or the menu. 

In Pages, the word processing app from Apple, you click on in the menu bar Edit and then on Insert and customize style. This has the same effect as the shortcut. Video links from YouTube and Co. are not automatically converted into playable video objects, but inserted as URLs (without hyperlinks) - as is the case when using ⌘ + V, for example.

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