In Mac OS X, when you copy and paste text from one place to another it retains the text formatting. That can be cool, or it can be very time consuming. And annoying. Particularly if you are doing a copy and paste from a web site. I know this for a fact because I have to legitimately do it almost every day.
No one wants to have to copy and paste and then highlight and select font and size and make changes. Way to 1990’s.
You can copy, and then in apps like TextEdit and Pages, select “Paste and Match Style” from the Edit Menu. That works perfectly, but if you are updating a 100 page document it can get old quickly.
In some apps, holding down Shift+Option+Command+V will paste without formatting. You may have to practice that one
There is even a way to do this in Microsoft Office applications. In the older version that I have you can choose Edit > Paste Special > Unformatted Text. That gets old in a hurry. I understand that in newer versions you can choose Edit > Paste and Match Formatting.
Of course, once you have pasted in the unformatted text, you probably have to then format it to match what you are working on. Sigh.
There is always the option of just copying in everything you need to copy, selecting Command+A to select everything at once, and then changing the font and size of everything at once and eliminating a few of the steps. Even this won’t work with some things though.
For instance, if you want just text, not images, or ads, it has been my experience that my only option has been to choose the Paste and Match Style option. That always gives me just the text. I have also had incidents when I had to use the Paste and Match Style option because my attempts to do a simple copy and paste resulted in information copying to only a slender column on the left side of the page. That same material copied perfectly when I used Paste and Match Style. My best theory is that is had something to do with programming, but it has happened multiple times.
So, please be aware of your options and find ways to make the whole process as simple as possible if you are faced with copying and pasting issues.