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I'm running Ubuntu 10.04 and I find it annoying that by default the copy/paste functionality also pastes the text format. Most of the time when I copy/paste text I only want to paste the ascii text without any formatting. Is there a way to configure that behavior?

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up vote 2 down vote accepted

I use parcellite Install parcellite. It keeps a history of the clipboard.

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I tried Parcellite and it seems to almost do what I want. The thing is that the Parcellite history saves the information in text only but the First copy I do stills contains the formatting. So I need to copy a string and before to paste it I have to click the Parcellite panel icon, then click the text I just copied, then I can paste it in text only. – jmbouffard Jun 3 '11 at 14:25
I accepted this as "accepted answer" since there was nothing better. And it is A LOT faster than pasting to gedit first and then in my document. – jmbouffard Jun 3 '11 at 14:28
@jmbouffard "since there was nothing better" Now there is, see the answer of teehoo, since using Parcellite.It sounds overcomplicated… – feeela Sep 7 '11 at 15:10
CTRL-SHIF-V will do it without having to install anything... – Max L. Feb 18 '14 at 13:33

In fairly recent Ubuntus you can use Ctrl-Shift-v to paste plain text.

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Anyone know if there's a way to make this the default behaviour? – Brandon Bertelsen Oct 22 '13 at 19:24

I don't know of a way to do it automatically. A workaround of course is to paste it into gedit Install gedit and copy it from there.

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I've been using this workaround for a while but now I'd like to find a real solution. Thanks for the suggestion. – jmbouffard May 30 '11 at 18:09

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