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Pastebin means that you paste you text online. Yet, quite often, my text is nicely formatted whereas all pastebins that I have seen so far leave only plain text or applies language-specific autoformatting. Can formatting me pasted along with text? Can I do the custom formatting? Does "paste" mean that you loose your formatting?

Many services, like textsnip.com, say that they support formatting. But, I do not see how it is preserved. I see that text is turned into plain during the paste and formatting is not recovered once I "get my URL". I tried to paste HTML but it is rendered as plain text also. What do they mean by "keeping our formatting"?

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Pastebin is a site for sharing only plain text or source code. From their FAQ:

Pastebin.com is a website where you can store text for a certain period of time. The website is mainly used by programmers to store pieces of sources code or configuration information, but anyone is more than welcome to paste any type of text. The idea behind the site is to make it more convenient for people to share large amounts of text online.

You could try an alternative like wrttn which has some formatting options or a public Google Doc.

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Scanning through 10 online clipboards for easy text sharing I have found out that http://shorttext.com, http://tny.cz and http://textsave.de/ support custom formatting. It is even simpler in http://copytaste.com, which not only supports WYSIWYG-formatting but also supports pasting formatted text! Copytaste is the thing that I was looking for!

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