Copy text without formatting in Firefox and Chrome

It’s common to copy text from the internet. But when you paste it, it brings in all formatting with it. Its also called as Rich Text format. So if you want to copy content from a web page but do not want to keep the formatting, here is how to do it. I have shared Firefox and Chrome extensions.

Copy text without formatting in Firefox and Chrome

Firefox Add-ons:

  1. Copy as Plain Text
  2. Copy Plain Text WE
  3. Text Linky Tool
  4. Copy Plain Text

Chrome and Edge Extensions

  1. Copy text
  2. Copy as plain text
  3. CopyCat

Firefox Add-ons:

1] Copy as Plain Text

While many software now offers to paste as plain text, here is an extension that copies content in plain text. Copy as Plain Text Firefox extension is a good option if you are a Firefox lover. This add-on integrates with your contextual menu ( right-click ) when you select a text for copy, giving you an extra option to copy text without any format.  A word to note here is TEXT, so if you are using images, etc., you will need to use the applications options to paste the clean text.

Copy as Plain Text in Firefox

You can download  this addon from here

That said, it’s not the only extension that can do this. You can choose to search for more extension similar to that and download it.

2] Copy Plain Text WE

It allows you to copy selected context as pure text to the clipboard or Copy full page context as clear text to the clipboard.


3] Text Linky Tool

It offers multiple options to copy. You can copy as plain text, HTML source, copy Link Name & URLs, copy Tab Name & URLs and Analyze image/page URLs.


4] Copy Plain Text

It is probably the best addons which remove the formatting from the selection before saving to the Clipboard. It also offers the following features:

  • Removes the spaces from the start and end of the selection
  • Removes multiple spaces
  • 2 Keyboard Shortcuts: F7 and original Ctrl+Shift+F7 (FF53+) (v1.2)
  • Custom Keyboard Shortcut (FF60+) (v1.8)
  • Paste PlainText (v1.9)
  • Option to remove line indents (v1.9)


Chrome Extensions to copy text as plain text

Copy as Plain Text Chrome

Just like Firefox Add-ons, these chrome extensions help you copy text without any formatting. You can use either use this extension or this one. Or Copycat.

Do let us know if you use an extension that is not on the list.


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