I Love Quicksilver’s Paste as Plain Text
Why would I need this?
You’re copying that really cool snippet from a website, but you just need the text, not need the fancy rainbow script font.
You want to grab that quote from that document, but you need it to match the font of the document you’re pasting it into.
You’re copying snippets from multiple sources, each formatted differently, into one document for later use.
How do I …
Yep. Quicksilver. Who knew?
Select the text you want to copy. We’ve got ours below.
While the text is selected, press
command-escape to pipe it into Quicksilver, as we’ve done below. (If your Quicksilver looks different, we’re using the Mini Interface, which you can install at
Preferences > Plugins. After installing, select and customize in
Preferences > Appearance. … Mini is a very tiny interface, almost as small as Nostromo is big.)
We can only see a small portion of our text, due to small size of the interface we’ve chosen, but it’s there.
Now we’ll press
escape to leave Quicksilver temporarily. Then we’ll switch to the application (you can use
command-tab) which is going to receive our pasted text.
You might make a mistake and use Quicksilver to switch to that application, changing the contents of the first pane. If you do, simply activate Quicksilver again, press
command-[ to return to our text selection.
Now, we’ll press tab to get to the second pane. In the second pane, we’ll type enough of
paste as plain text so that the action appears. In the screenshot below, I’ve typed
pptext, but I could have typed
aaatext or something similar.
Now, we can press
enter. And there’s our text, in the font of the receiving document.
Why doesn’t it work on my Mac?
Note that in order to use these actions, you need to install the following plugins and you may need to change your Quicksilver preference settings:
- (No plugins needed)