Paste Clean Text into WordPress Posts and Pages

Avoid formatting problems when you update your posts and pages by pasting “clean text” into your pages.

If you are pasting text in from a word processor such as Microsoft Word, your word processor may insert hidden HTML codes into your text to format it; for example, if text is bold or italicAlthough this would seem to be helpful, word processors often add extra formatting codes that will mess up the appearance of your page. These unwanted codes may even look correct but interfere with SEO.

Avoid all of these problems by stripping the formatting codes out, and then reformat the text using WordPress’s formatting tools. This ensures your page will load fast, display correctly, all while improving your page’s SEO performance.

There are two ways to do this:

  • Use WordPress’ Paste as Text button
  • Use your browser’s Paste as plain text option (if available)

Use The WordPress Paste as Text button

Before you paste text into your page, click the Paste as Text button. This message will appear:

Paste is now in plain text mode. Contents will now be pasted as plain text until you toggle this option off. If you’re looking to paste rich content from Microsoft Word, try turning this option off. The editor will clean up text pasted from Word automatically.

Click the x in the upper right corner of this message box to dismiss it. Click to place your cursor in the visual editor box. Paste your text using your keyboard (or select Edit : Paste).

Use Your Browser’s “Paste as plain text” Command

Most modern browsers let you paste text as plain (unformatted) text, effectively stripping all formatting codes in one step. If you are using Google Chrome,

  1. Right-click in the Edit Page text box where you want to paste your text.
  2. In the pop-up menu that appears, select Paste as plain text

Or, if you prefer the keyboard:

  1. Click or use the arrow keys to position the cursor where you want to paste your text.
  2. Press Ctrl-Shift-V (Cmd-Shift-V on the Mac) to paste in plain text.
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