September 5, 2020

Mastering iOS: Pasting plain text.

Pasting text between fields in iOS apps can be a pain, since rich-text formatting is often copied along with it. Try pasting a text from Notes app into an email. The font becomes is massive and it’s just not possible to fix. This makes pasting into any other rich-text field a nightmare in reformatting in any app. But there’s a simple way to change rich text to plain text when copying so that it follows the rich-text format of the document you’re pasting into and looks normal:

  1. Quickly tap anywhere on the text field of the text you want to copy.
  2. Choose Select All from the contextual menu.
  3. Choose Share from the contextual menu.
  4. ChoseCopy from the Share Sheet.

Plain text is now on your clipboard and should easily paste into any text field, rich or plain.

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