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How do I make documents in Google Docs with plain text format?

Sometimes I make changes to text pages on my site and upload them to the website. The files are PHP and I prepare the pages in TextWrangler. I don't type documents in TextWrangler but use TextEdit instead. I ensure they are in plain text format, so that there's no formatting or extraneous stuff, and then I copy-paste into TextWrangler.

I'd like to try using Google Docs instead of TextEdit and copy-paste text from Google Docs directly into TextWrangler.

There's a menu item 'Clear formatting' in Google Docs, and this clears things like font choices and font sizes. But links remain links, and I'm not sure that it's as basic a format as 'Plain' text created in TextEdit.

Is it possible to make text "Plain" in Google Docs?

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It sounds much faster to just copy to notepad, then paste back in.

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If you are using Chrome, you can use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + V to paste the unformatted version of the copied text into Google Docs (or any other web page).

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Ah, so "obvious", can't believe I missed it! =) –  Ciro Santilli 2 days ago
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Presuming you're on Windows, there's a program called Puretext that clears formatting from whatever you have cached in the clipboard.

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Life Hacker has an article about Google Drive extensions that mentions Drive Notepad, which claims to do plain text editing in Google Drive. I found your question because I'm looking for the same kind of tool, though for different reasons.

I haven't tried Drive Notepad yet, but I'm heading over now to give it a shot.

I also just discovered that WriteBox has a chrome extension. I've used WriteBox to save and edit text files to my Dropbox account. I've recently discovered that it can also use Google Drive. I like it because it has a web-app that doesn't require any install, so I can use it anywhere with online access.

Since I have some experience (limited, though it is) with WriteBox, I'll be using that for my text editing, most likely.

Lifehacker Article: http://lifehacker.com/8-extensions-that-make-google-drive-better-than-dropbox-498740515

WriteBox Web App: http://write-box.appspot.com

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