Strip the formatting: Pasting the Substance, not the Form

If you ever want to strip the formatting (i.e., make heavily formatted text into DOS-text for easy processing), use Notepad as an intermediate.

Example #1:  You want to paste text from Internet Explorer into Word, but don't want the text to have all the original properties as on the web page: same font, color, and even the hyperlinks as well as a lot of images that you probably don't need either.

Example #2:  You need a column of numbers from Excel, but don't want them to go into Word as a table, just a list.

To eliminate these and carry over only the text, first paste it into Notepad, then copy the text from Notepad into the final document in Word.  It will then conform to the formatting rules established in the destination document.

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