How to Paste Plain Text and Strip Formatting in Notes for macOS

Copying and pasting text is a routine activity that we all do in macOS. And there’s a good chance that you’re using the macOS version of Notes. Notes is great because of its integration with iCloud, but one of its downfalls is the fact that, when you paste text from a webpage, it will copy that webpage’s font size and text color whether you like them or not.

That might be okay in some cases, but in most cases, it’s an annoyance. Here are two ways to get around it.

Alternative Paste Method

This is probably the simplest and fastest method to paste as plain text (a.k.a. strip text of its formatting).

  1. Copy a piece of text.
  2. When you’re in Notes, click Edit in the top menu bar.
  3. Click Paste and Match Style.

Alternatively, if you’re a keyboard shortcut-user, you’ll want to use the following method. Even if you’re not, it’s worth it to learn these simple keyboard shortcuts — they’re a lot quicker.

  • Copy a piece of text using Command+C.
  • In Notes, use Command+Shift+Option+V to paste and match style.

Of course, there’s a caveat with this method: it doesn’t technically strip the text’s formatting, it just changes it to the formatting in your particular document.

If it’s a new and blank note, that’s probably okay. But if you have a note that already has wonky text formatting in it, your pasted text will match that style. Not a huge issue, but something to keep in mind.

TextEdit App Method

If you really want to strip a piece of text from its formatting entirely, you can use a plain-text application.

While there are great third-party options available online, for the purposes of this how-to, we’ll use the one included free with macOS: TextEdit.

  1. Copy a piece of text.
  2. Open TextEdit (you can find it via Spotlight, or in Applications).
  3. Paste the text into TextEdit. (Command+V)
  4. Use Command+Shift+T. This will convert all the text in the document into plaintext and strip it of its formatting.
  5. Copy that text, and then paste it into Notes.

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This Futuristic ‘Mac mini’ Concept Is Stunningly Innovative

It’s been over three-years since Apple last updated its Mac mini, and while Tim Cook has suggested that his company “has no plans” to abandon its pint-sized Mac, we’ve yet to hear much if anything from the rumor mill alluding to when we might actually see one.

Of course, what a Mac mini would even look like in 2018 or beyond — given the design and technological advancements Apple has achieved since then — remains open to imagination.

One of the company’s most recent hardware innovations was its revolutionary OLED TouchBar, which was introduced as a staple feature in its high-end 2016 MacBook Pro models. We’ve seen the Touch Bar envisioned in a number of other concepts, including in a patented, potentially upcoming version of Apple’s wireless Magic Keyboard. But never on a Mac mini.

Now, for the first time ever, we’re seeing gorgeous renders of what one industrial design artist envisions as “the next-generation all-in-one Mac,” which are coming to us courtesy of the talented Louis Berger.

Dubbed ‘Taptop Computer’, Berger’s concept effectively combines all the components you’d find in a desktop Mac computer, along with a microphone and speakers, as well as a Touch Bar integrated into the unit itself — which can either be used to display the app dock on its integrated touchscreen display, or function as a TouchBar for quickly accessing tasks and commands.

“The Taptop concept repositions the classic desktop PC from a box with outsourced hardware components into a device which is in the centre of user interaction,” Berger said via his official webpage. “It fuses the cursor optimized desktop interface with a multi-touch control strip, functioning as the Dock and Touch Bar, allowing users to interact with the actual device, not just with peripherals.”

The concept also incorporates Apple’s new Face ID facial recognition tech via a TrueDepth camera system, allowing the tabletop Mac to quickly authenticate a user when they’re within view of it.

It would certainly be awesome to see Face ID on a future version of the Mac, which it could, after the feature is introduced on Apple’s 2018 iPad models of course.

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Where to Score the Best Cyber Monday Deals

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, which means that shortly thereafter you’ll get to treat yourself to some well-deserved Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. This time around, the news is that Cyber Monday has been extended well into December, though you’d be well advised to get an early start on your holiday shopping. For your convenience, we’ve scoured the web and compiled a roundup of the best Cyber Monday deals of 2017:

1 Amazon Cyber Monday Deals

Amazon is keeping a running list of Cyber Monday discounts at the above link. Check the page after Black Friday to find the latest holiday deals.

2 Walmart Cyber Monday Deals

Not to be outdone by its e-retailing rival, Walmart has a massive list of holiday specials on video games, game consoles (a PS4 is on sale for $ 200 right now), televisions, cell phones, and household appliances at the above link.

3 Dell Cyber Monday Deals

If you’re in the market for laptops and/or desktops, you might be interested in Dell’s 15 percent site-wide discount on all Dell Gaming, Alienware, XPS and Inspiron products. The sale begins on November 25 and lasts for one week. Check out the above Cyber Monday link for further discounts on Dell products that will last into the month of December. Dell won’t charge shipping fees on anything.

4 Apple Deals

Unfortunately, the Apple website isn’t the place to go for Cyber Monday deals. Those of you looking to snag discounts on the latest iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks can turn to major retailers instead. Check out the below links for holiday discounts on Apple products.

  • Beginning on November 23, Walmart is offering a $ 300 gift card for qualifying purchases of the iPhones 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus and X for AT&T and Verizon.
  • Target also has a comparable, if less attractive, deal up for the holidays. Those who purchase an iPhone 8 or 8 Plus qualify for a $ 250 gift card.
  • Walmart is also offering a sweet deal on the 5th generation iPad (32 GB Wi-Fi only). You can snag one for $ 249, and save $ 80 at this link, starting on November 23.
  • Best Buy is also offering steep discounts on Apple products. Starting on November 23, you can purchase the the MacBook Air (13.3-inch Display 256GB) for $ 999.99. The electronics retailer is also offering up to $ 250 off for various MacBook Pro models, which isn’t too shabby.

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Here’s How to Add a Home Button to Your iPhone X

Much has been made of Apple’s recent decision to do away with the iconic home button, which has been a hallmark of the iPhone since its inception. Instead the iPhone X relies on facial recognition to grant users access and gestures to allow navigation.

Thankfully, there’s a nifty workaround for those of you who aren’t thrilled with the lack of a physical home button. The hack, which was outlined by Business Insider, allows you to create a virtual home button in its place at the bottom of your iPhone X’s screen.

  1. First, clear room for the virtual home button on your screen by moving apps away from the bottom.
  2. Then toggle on the ‘AssistiveTouch’ feature by performing the following steps: Open Settings.
  3. Tap General.
  4. Tap Accessibility.
  5. Toggle on Assistive Touch.
  6. Choose the ‘Home’ option. A white button will appear that you can drag to the bottom-center of your screen. You can use this as a makeshift home button.

While the move to ditch the home button wasn’t universally welcomed, Apple’s chief designer Jony Ive defended it as part and parcel of the company’s approach to innovation and improvement.

“I actually think the path of holding onto features that have been effective, the path of holding onto those whatever the cost, is a path that leads to failure,” Ive said to Time. “And in the short term, it’s the path the feels less risky and it’s the path that feels more secure.

“It’s not necessarily the most comfortable place to be in when you believe there’s a better way,” he added. “[Because] that means moving on from something that has felt successful.”

Another point of criticism has been the iPhone X’s $ 999 price tag, which is prohibitively high for many. Regardless, sales of the iPhone X have been strong. Initial supplies of the iPhone X sold out within minutes due to “off the charts” demand.

The iPhone X is expected to propel a surge in revenue to a record $ 87 billion in the quarter ending in December. Apple has also been contending with supply chain and production issues for the iPhone X, which hampered initial supplies.

Apple CEO Tim Cook has said that his company is working out the delays. Production is “going well, we’re doing more each week and I’m pleased with how things are going,” he said according to Bloomberg. “The initial demand for iPhone X has been very, very strong.”

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Best Gifts for iPhone Users

Whether you’re shopping for yourself or for someone else, gifts that compliment your most personal device are a great way to spread holiday cheer all year long. These 10 gifts for iPhone users are sure to delight any recipient every time they pick up their iPhone.

Best Gifts Under $ 20

PopSocket Phone Stand/Grip

The PopSocket became wildly popular in 2017 as a way to both hold your phone more securely, as well as prop your phone up on a desk or table. The collapsible button adds a small pop-up grip to the back of your smartphone, allowing for more controlled grip by placing it between your fingers. When not in use, it collapses down to just a few millimeters thick to minimize added bulk. PopSockets are available in a multitude of colors, from $ 7.50 – $ 15.

Buy$ 7.50 – $ 15


Nomad Horween Leather Folio Wallet Case

The Nomad leather folio is a combination wallet and iPhone case for iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 8, or 8 Plus. The American made leather is designed to patina beautifully over time, allowing each case to take on a unique and personal look. Additionally, the wallet can hold three to six cards, and the entire thing will protect your iPhone at the same time.

Buy$ 37.49


Mini Qi Wireless Charging Pad

If you or someone you know recently upgraded to the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, or X, or sport and Android phone that supports wireless charging, this wireless charging pad is a great gift idea. Using the Qi (pronounced chee) standard, this allows for recharging our device without plugging it in. A great option for reducing cable clutter on a desk or nightstand.

Buy$ 19.99


USB Solar Charger & Battery

This solar charger can act as emergency power, no matter the situation. With a built-in 5000mAh battery, it can recharge an iPhone nearly 2 full times on a single charge, and its built-in battery can recharge with in sun without needing an outlet. Perfect for camping or long days outdoors without access to power. Pick yours up today for $ 19.99.

Buy$ 19.99


Anker PowerLine+ 10ft Lightning Cable

Apple’s Lightning cables have long been a pain-point for iOS users, due to their relatively short length and their fragile construction. With the Anker PowerLine+ 10ft Lightning Cable, you get 3x more distance from an outlet than Apple’s standard cable, and the braided cable housing is much more resilient to everyday wear and tear. If you or someone you know is dealing with a frayed Lightning cable, this is the way to go ($ 17.99).

Buy$ 17.99


LimeLens Smartphone Camera Lens Set

We all love taking photos with our smartphone, but sometimes focusing close up, or getting an entire setting in view can be a challenge. This clip on lens allow for extreme close-ups (macro), as well as ultra-wide fisheye shots, and everything in between. This clip on lens comes with 10x macro, wide angle, fisheye, and 1.5x telephoto lenses for diversifying your photo game. Get it here – $ 17.99.

Buy$ 17.99


Hoverdock for iPhone

Whether it’s the latest and greatest iPhone or an iPhone 5, this dock will work with any lightning equipped iPhone. Using an existing lightning cable, the underside of the dock offers retractable cable storage for a tidy workspace. The sturdy base and rubber bottom will keep an iPhone in place, floating above any surface, away from spills. Using the dock is also a great way to maximize the life of the light cables and keep them from fraying or splitting with extended use.

Buy$ 27.95


SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive

Quickly free up space on an iPhone by storing photos and videos on an external drive. Great for anybody battling a 16GB iPhone, or the selfie queen in the house, the iXpand Flash Drive and iXpand Drive app allow for offloading your photos, videos, and music storage in a convenient flash drive. With both Lightning and USB-A ports, moving files from an iPhone to a computer couldn’t be easier. The SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive is available in 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB capacities.

Buy$ 39.99


Scosche Magic Mount

Your iPhone is likely your GPS and form of entertainment while driving, but fiddling with clips and latches can be a hassle. The Magic Mount uses a thin metal plate on your smartphone and a magnet in the mount to hold your phone securely in place without the need to press clamps or springs. The entire mount suctions to your windshield, while the plate can be stuck to the back of you device or its case. A great gift idea for anybody that spends time behind the wheel.

Buy$ 19.99


Ultimate Ears Boom 2 Bluetooth Speaker

This 360º wireless speaker pumps out huge sound without distortion. Offering well rounded sound that fills the room. The built-in microphone allows for phone calls, and can also be used for talking to Siri. The IPX7 waterproof design and 15 hours of battery life make it the perfect companion, anywhere you go.

Buy$ 123.99


Beats X Wireless Earbuds

The iPhone is an extremely popular workout companion, and so are the Beats X Wireless Earbuds. These sport earbuds offer a comfortable neck strap, in-ear tips for improved noise isolation, in-line controls for volume and audio control, and feature Apple’s W1 chip for easy pairing. The Beats X are charged over a Lightning cable, meaning you need one less cord when traveling, as well.

Buy$ 99



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