If you use Microsoft Word regularly, you’ve probably noticed that it’s missing a feature: a keyboard shortcut for pasting plain text. Using the paste shortcut (Alt + V) brings everything in your clipboard, formatting, everything. Now, the company has introduced a new shortcut that just pastes the words.
In Microsoft 365 Insider blog post, Product Manager Ali Forelli introduced the new shortcut as Ctrl + Shift + V (Cmd + Shift + V on Mac). Forelli points out that this existing shortcut already works in other apps, such as Microsoft Teams, Word for the web, Google, and Gmail. Using the new key combination will help writers fetch text from external sources without manually removing formatting such as font, size, type, and color.
It should be noted that Word has featured the “Keep Text Only” option for many years. However, when the user pasted text into the application, he had to select that option from a drop-down list that appeared at the end of the pasted text. However, the new keyboard shortcut will save users mouse clicks and keystrokes from now on. And considering how much pasting is done in Word, those clicks and borders add up quickly.
However, the Paste Text Only shortcut isn’t the only new keyboard combination added to Microsoft Word. The program also received shortcuts for “Format Painter” (Ctrl + Shift + C), “Paste Painter Format” (Ctrl + Alt + V), and “Paste Special” (Alt + H + V + S).
source: Microsoft 365 Insider