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How to paste as plain text?

ajimenez
1-Newbie

How to paste as plain text?

I am using Mathcad Prime 3.0 and I can't find how to paste inside a text block as plain text from i.e. Word to Mathcad.

I was unable to find anything in this blog or the help documentation. Thanks!

21 REPLIES 21

I generally have to use Notepad as an intermediate for any number of programs which carry the font/size/color hints from one program to another.

In similar cases I've also used AutoIt to read and write the paste buffer to clean up text. It just sits as a double-click item to run and convert: Copy - doubleclick - paste. Not allowed on the current employer computer, so Notepad it is.

RichardJ
19-Tanzanite
(To:ajimenez)

You can't. PTC apparently hasn't figured out the Windows clipboard yet. You also can't copy or paste any graphic except as a bitmap. You can do all of this in Mathcad 15, but I guess PTC hasn't even figured out how to port the code that Mathsoft wrote.

VladimirN
23-Emerald V
(To:RichardJ)

I do not quite understand what's the problem here?

Pic_1.png

RichardJ
19-Tanzanite
(To:VladimirN)

The problem is that you can't get rid of formatting:

VladimirN
23-Emerald V
(To:RichardJ)

It does not suit?

Pic_2.png

RichardJ
19-Tanzanite
(To:VladimirN)

Yes, of course you can reformat it afterwards. The point is that Alberto is asking for a paste option that leaves the formatting behind, so that is reformatting is not necessary. Unfortunately, unlike most software (including Mathcad 15) Prime does not offer any paste options.

VladimirN
23-Emerald V
(To:RichardJ)

Ok, now I see what was the question.

Is there a way to make this an official feature request to PTC?

VladimirN
23-Emerald V
(To:ajimenez)

You can bring your idea in "Create Product Idea" area, here: PTC Mathcad Ideas - PTC Community

Why can't I vote and/or comment the following idea?

Improved Mathcad Prime clipboard and graphic import

MJG
18-Opal
18-Opal
(To:ajimenez)

I think you have to be paying maintenance support (is that the right term?) to vote on the product ideas.

Werner_E
24-Ruby IV
(To:MJG)

Mark Gase wrote:

I think you have to be paying maintenance support (is that the right term?) to vote on the product ideas.

Correct. PTC seems not to be really interested in customer feedback and bug reports. They let you pay for the "privilege" to turn in ideas for product improvements.

MJG
18-Opal
18-Opal
(To:Werner_E)

They let you pay for the "privilege" to turn in ideas for product improvements.

... and then they promptly ignore the ideas.

VladimirN
23-Emerald V
(To:MJG)

I also do not understand why we do not have feedback on the proposed ideas? Why do not they discuss with the users?

VladimirN. wrote:

I also do not understand why we do not have feedback on the proposed ideas? Why do not they discuss with the users?

A good question!

Maybe they should implement a chatbot to provide company "feedback" on users ideas. This would round off the placebo "product ideas" .

VladimirN
23-Emerald V
(To:Werner_E)

Someone who will constantly monitor ideas and to debate here in the community.

VladimirN
23-Emerald V
(To:RichardJ)

Richard,

By the way how you cleaning formatting before pasting text from one application to another? I as well as David use Notepad application.

RichardJ
19-Tanzanite
(To:VladimirN)

Notepad is as good as anything, and it's free.

MJG
18-Opal
18-Opal
(To:ajimenez)

Ctl+Space clears the formatting of any selected text (re-formats it to whatever you've set as the format of that text box).

Not a complete solution for what you're requesting, but possibly better than using Notepad as an in-between in most cases.

ajimenez
1-Newbie
(To:MJG)

Thanks Mark Gase, I tried this, and unfortunately it looks like only the color format was removed, nothing else.

Word.png

Prime.png

MJG
18-Opal
18-Opal
(To:ajimenez)

It appears there are definitely some limitations to my suggestion.  If you copy a single paragraph at a time (no line breaks included in copied text), and paste it into an existing text box/block (empty or including other text), then Ctrl+Space will clear all formatting.  However, if you include any line breaks or try to paste into a blank area of the worksheet, then some formatting remains after Ctrl+Space.

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