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Paste Text to Match the Existing Text

This is one of my favorite features. Let’s say you’re writing a term paper and you copy a quote from a web page to add to your paper (properly cited, of course). Typically the copied text pastes in with the typeface, style, size, and color that were originally applied to it. But to add this quotation to your term paper, you want it to look like the rest of your page. Use this great feature instead of the regular paste:

  • From the Edit menu, choose Paste and Match Style, or use the keyboard shortcut, option Shift Command V.

The pasted text will pick up all the formatting from the character to the left of the flashing insertion point. This technique works in Mail as well.

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