Tech Tips Home
The Best Tech Tips And Daily Deals
Newsletter On The Internet!

WorldStart Tech Tip And Store Search
Email: Password: Login Remember Me

Like what you see here? Subscribe to the Tech Tips newsletter!   Email: Subscribe

Clean Up Copied Text From The Internet

Friday, April 9th, 2010 by | Filed Under: E-Mail Help, MS Word, Using The Internet

Clean It Up!

Ever copy text from the Internet or an e-mail into MS Word?

Did something come along with the text that you weren’t necessarily expecting or hoped wouldn’t?

Yeah – I hear you – all those hyperlinks are a big pain at this point, aren’t they?

I mean, you’ve got the information in Word, you’re creating a document (not a web page), you have all these hyperlinks causing different font colors and underlining where it’s not wanted or needed.

Now what?

Well, we could go through and right-click on each and every hyperlink and choose Remove Hyperlink from the menu…

No – that’s not for me either. Anything else?

I do have a few suggestions so I thought that we could take a look at those.

The first suggestion is to use Window’s Notepad program as an intermediary between the original text and Word.

After copying the text paste it into a blank Notepad file. (Automatically Notepad will strip all the formatting when the text is pasted.)

To finish up, copy the text from Notepad and paste it into Word.

My next two suggestions go straight from the source to Word.

In both scenarios you would copy the text and paste it into Word. With the text selected in Word give one of these two a try:

Ctrl + Spacebar will strip all formatting from the text.

Ctrl + Shift + F9 will remove all the hyperlinks from the text leaving the other formatting alone.

No matter how you look at it – these techniques are worth a try because any of them would have to be a better plan that removing hyperlinks one at a time!

~ April

Leave a Reply

Like these tips? Get them for FREE in your email!

WorldStart's Tech Tips Newsletter

  • Tech Tips Daily - Become a tech pro! Get the very best tech and computer help sent directly to your email every weekday!

  • Tech Tips Weekly - If you don't want our Tech Tips newsletter every day, then sign up for this weekly newsletter to get the best information of the week. Sent on Fridays.

Other Newsletters

  • WorldStart's Daily Deals - Every week, we send out great deals in our Daily Deals newsletter. Many of these deals are exclusively for our Daily Deals newsletter subscribers and can't be found with our regular specials.

  • Just For Grins - Each issue includes a couple clean jokes, some funny quotes, and a hilarious reader's story. Newsletter is sent five days a week.

Enter Email Address:


Your e-mail address is safe with us!
We only use it to send you the newsletters you request. It is NEVER disclosed to a third party for any reason, ever! Plus, if you decided you don't like our newsletters (don't worry, you'll love them), unsubscribing is fast and easy.

Free Newsletter Signup

Tech Tips Daily

Become a tech pro! Get the very best tech and computer help sent directly to your email every weekday!

Tech Tips Weekly

The week's best in tech and computer help. Get your issue sent to your email every Friday!

WorldStart's Daily Deals

The very best deals on the Internet! Get a new set of incredible sales every day of the week!

Just For Grins

Clean jokes, funny quotes, and hilarious comics. Sent 5 times a week straight to your email.


Love Worldstart? Refer A Friend!

WorldStart's Premium Membership

Tip Archive