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Plain Clip removes formatting from copied text. Additionally, it can be configured to perform one or more additional actions such as removal of trailing whitespace, conversion to ASCII etc.

With the exception of the preferences window, Plain Clip does not have a user interface, which makes it ideal for using it from hotkey/launcher applications such as Spark or LaunchBar or even typing utilities such as TypeIt4Me and TextExpander.

What's New

Version 2.4.8:
  • Fixed a problem where in certain cases triggering Plain Clip from a shortcut manager could interfere with sending the Cmd-V shortcut.


OS X 10.6 or later

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RONIN427 Member IconComment+10

Ceased to run on 10.9.3 13D45a. =(((

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Version 2.4.8
B. Jefferson Le Blanc Member IconReview+649
B. Jefferson Le Blanc

I've used this little gem for many years and so it seems past time to write a review. Plain Clip is not a full featured text cleaner. If that's what you need there are other options, including SmartWrap and TextSoap. But for quickly and easily stripping formatting, like text size, color and style, from text for a clean paste in e-mail, for instance, or simply for making notes, Plain Clip does the job nicely. I keep it handy in my Dock.

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Version 2.4.7
@timi Member IconComment+459

Does it (or can you add) remove smart quotes?

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Version 2.4.1
Jo* Member IconComment+123

Does exactly what it says on the package. So that's awesome. I also quite like that it's unobtrusive and doesn't take up space in dock and/or menubar.

I set up a shortcut (Command/Shift-C) with Spark (that was installed on my system prior to PlainClip anyway) which I can use right after Command-C so my workflow to get rid of formatting of copied text basically consists of two shortcuts. But wait...

The moment I hit the assigned shortcut for Plain Text (Command/Shift-C) however, the preference pane of Plain Text shows up which needs to be confirmed. Since I don't need to change preferences concerning the format of the clipboard content in 99 out of 100 times I could easily do without the preference pane showing up whenever I need to get rid of formatting. In fact that would make this little app even more unobtrusive and a joy to use.

Please consider incorporating a means of setting up global preferences (i.e. via system preference pane like Growl or FinderPop).

And thanks for making this free!

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Version 2.4

Your shortcut is Cmd + C + Shift — and the preference dialog is displayed when Shift is pressed wile Plain Clip launches.

Captain Nemo Member IconComment+51
Captain Nemo

Works fast ! The better thing would be to make it a service, as I don't want to install Spark on my machine for just one function.

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Version 2.1

Same sentiment here. Esp. since version 2 I think that integration with a hot-key launcher has much more complicated.


It's not more complicated than with version 1: tell your favourite hotkey utility to launch Plain Clip, and that's it.

Only if you need different shortcuts for different types of text cleaning (for instance, one which will only remove formatting and another one that will additionally remove trailing whitespace, control characters and line breaks) you have to deal with calling the shell script.


ThisService is the answer. Go to iusethis.com and check it out there. It will turn any script,Truly I mean any script, i.e. bash, applescript, python, etc... etc... up to the "more" serious languages like C.

Tice Member IconComment+119

If you want to make it quick, use Freeware Spark (Shortcut app) and this AppleScript:

set the clipboard to string of (the clipboard as record)
on error errMsg
display dialog errMsg
end try

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Version 2.1
Schmelding Member IconReview+156

Plain Clip, will you marry me?

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Version 2.1
Darth Brooks Member IconComment+36
Darth Brooks

Version 2.0 launches then quits a second later (observed in Activity Monitor, 10.4.11 PPC).

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Version 2.0

It is apparently supposed to do just that. I opened it, and it automatically quit - but it didn't quit until AFTER it cleaned the text on the Clipboard. (MaxOS 10.5.6)

Schoschie Member IconReview+36


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Version 1.0.6
JazzAddict Member IconReview+66

Works just as it says. Very useful. Saves me a lot of time!

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Version 1.0.6
user icon+156
Version 2.4.2
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Current Version (2.x)


Downloads 20,112
Version Downloads 3,849
Type Utilities / System
License Free
Date 22 Sep 2013
Platform OS X / Intel 32
Price Free
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