So... how do I avoid this now?
There's a simple and excellent program that one of my work colleagues got me onto named PureText.
- Download PureText.
- Set it to load on startup (or don't, this will simply save you the effort)
- Copy text as per usual with CTRL + C (or right click etc.)
- To paste without formatting you simply press Windows Key + V, instead of CTRL + V.
In Mac OS X
OS X has a built-in shortcut, albeit not that short:
Command + Shift + Option + V
This performs a command called Paste and Match Style which doesn't so much remove formatting as matches the formatting of your destination.
You can re-map this to a simpler shortcut following the instructions on this Lifehacker post. For your purposes you'll want to select All Applications in the shortcut menu, Menu Title = "Paste and Match Style" (no quotes) and choose whatever shortcut you want.
I hope that helps you save a few seconds, a few hundred times!