Microsoft and Apple have teamed up to ruin documents. No, I’m not talking about Word or Windows, or anything in particular that Apple has done; both are guilty of giving us tools and options to create styled text.
Text in most documents can be manipulated; change font and size, alter the style with underline, italics, and boldface. Text can be formatted as paragraphs, lists, block quotes, and contain embedded images and hyperlinks. That’s the way of the world and it works well until you need to share a formatted document with someone else.
When sharing a document between different versions of Word, Mac or Windows, there are times when I find it almost as fast to simply change everything to plain text and reformat. How? Open TextEdit on your Mac, open or paste in a document, and select Format, then select Make Plain Text. The document’s contents become plain text.
Amazingly, there’s another way that’s easier, faster, and free. It’s called Get Plain Text, that processes the document or formatted text, strips out the formatting you don’t want, and does it with a click. Or, when set to Automatic, convert to plain text simply by copying.
That’s it. Formatted text is stripped of font styles and sizes, stripped of embedded images and links, and reduced to the most basic of text– plain text. A keyboard shortcut can be used to reformat text to plain text, or Get Plain Text can be set to Automatic mode and make the conversion automatically when you copy text to the Mac’s clipboard.
Lots of five star reviews for Get Plain Text and for good reason. It works and it’s free.