Copy with formatting, paste as plain text

Jacob Munson
9 discussion posts
I am new to ClipboardFusion. What I would like is to always copy text keeping formatting in place (say bold, italics, etc). If I paste it would paste the formatted text by default. But I'd like to use a different hotkey to paste as plain text. I found the Trigger that scrubs text on copy and disabled that. So I have the first half working...copy formated and then paste formatted. But now I'd like to setup a hotkey that would scrub the text on paste.

I have searched the settings, the Macros, and this Discussion board and can't find out how to do this. What am I missing?
Jun 21, 2019 (modified Jun 21, 2019)  • #1
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
What I usually do is enable the Triggers, but set the Trigger Command to the "double-copy" option, so that it only scrubs if I hit Ctrl + C twice in quick succession.

Another thing you can do is set the Trigger Command to disabled, and then set a hotkey on the "Run Triggers Now" function (Settings > HotKeys tab).

Hope that helps!
Jun 21, 2019  • #2
Jacob Munson
9 discussion posts
I actually have it setup like your second suggestion, but I just realized I didn't understand what scrubbing does. It does not remove all formatting leaving just plain text. That is what I want...what can I do to paste with just plain text (no bold, not links, no fonts, no color, etc.)?
Jun 21, 2019  • #3
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
The scrubbing should be removing the formatting. Is there still a "Scrub Text" action in the Trigger rule?
Jun 21, 2019  • #4
Jacob Munson
9 discussion posts
Yes, but just did some testing and the scrubbing doesn't work when the trigger is disabled. However, enabling it also runs the trigger when I copy text, which is not what I want.
Jun 21, 2019  • #5
Jacob Munson
9 discussion posts
Yep, I did some more testing to verify. If I disable the trigger, copy some formatted text and paste, it keeps the formatting. If I then enable the trigger, paste the same formatted text using my hotkey, it scrubs the text. But then if I copy formatted text again it also scrubs. I can't find a way to copy formatted and then paste scrubbed using a hotkey.
Jun 21, 2019  • #6
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Are you disabling the Trigger rule itself, or setting the "Trigger Command Setting" drop-down to "Disabled" while leaving the rule itself enabled?
Jun 24, 2019  • #7
Jacob Munson
9 discussion posts
Genius! I had disabled the trigger command itself. I just tried enabling that and then disabling the Trigger Command Setting and now it does exactly what I wanted. Thanks!
Jun 24, 2019  • #8
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
No worries, glad to hear it!
Jun 24, 2019  • #9
7 discussion posts
I had the same enquiry and was able to follow along to get the same result. The only issue I have with it is this.

If I copy text with colours and formatting and then use a hotkey to "run trigger on clipboard text and paste" I get exactly what I want: the thing I copied but pasted as plain text.

However! The issue I now have is that if I want to later paste the thing I originally copied with its original formatting I'm out of luck as the trigger has fundamentally changed the original "copy" once it ran a trigger on it.

Maybe the way I want to use the app isn't as it's intended - but for me the point of a clipboard manager is that I can perpetually store things I've copied knowing I can always bring them back at a later stage. Is there a way to make "running a trigger" create a new entry in the clipboard while keeping the original copy? Or is running a trigger always destructive to the original copy?

Dec 28, 2020  • #10
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Currently the clipboard history only ever stores plaintext, so once the Trigger has altered that actual clipboard contents, the formatting is lost. We may add the ability to keep the formatted contents in the history in the future, but no guarantees on that at the moment
Dec 30, 2020  • #11
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