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How to remove background colour?

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Guy Burns Level 2 Level 2 (345 points)
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Aug 23, 2011 7:19 PM

Sometimes I copy info from a website and I end up with a background colour that I can't get rid of in TextEdit other than converting to plain text.

 

Example: go to http://dpreview.com/, copy some text, and paste in TextEdit. It arrives with a black background.

 

How do I get rid of the background and just leave the text?

  • Texas Mac Man Level 8 Level 8 (44,220 points)
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    Aug 23, 2011 7:32 PM (in response to Guy Burns)

    I copied the text & pasted into Text Edit, but the black background didn't paste.

     

    What method are you using to copy? I clicked at the beginning of a paragraph while depressing the mouse & then dragged the cursor to the end of the paragraph. Then selected Copy.

     

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  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,715 points)
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    Aug 23, 2011 9:51 PM (in response to Guy Burns)

    Are you using Paste, Or Paste & match style?

     

    I'd get say Tex-Edit Plus for OS X...

     

    http://www.tex-edit.com/

     

    Paste into that, if it's still a problem save it as ASCII & reload it.

  • old comm guy Level 4 Level 4 (2,230 points)
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    Aug 23, 2011 9:55 PM (in response to Guy Burns)

    From the Format menu, select "Make Plain Text" then, if desired, you can then select from the Format menu "Make Rich Text" to style things.

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  • Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (36,585 points)
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    Aug 23, 2011 10:38 PM (in response to Guy Burns)

    I copied and pasted the first main paragraph but didn't use Textedit because I am using it for another document which I can't close right now and can't change TextEdit to non plain text. I did paste the text into Bean text editor and it came through with a white background. Neither Bean nor Textwrangler show the presence of any invisible characters.

     

    I also copied and pasted the whole page into Bean. Well, there's lots of formatting messed up but only the last three lines of the page have a black background.

     

    If you don't want to lose the formatting (which won't transfer that well anyway with copy and paste) perhaps try a different text editor.

  • Alias_alas Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 21, 2011 3:30 AM (in response to old comm guy)

    Old Comm Guy has provided the Correct Answer! Thanks!

     

    I've been looking for info on this same question, because I used the typical copy and paste key commands to get something off a web page and into TextEdit, with the same issue: background color taking over all subsequent text that I typed.

     

    Annoying workflow, but at least there are native keyboard shortcuts.

  • Alias_alas Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 21, 2011 3:34 AM (in response to Guy Burns)

    It is annoying. Even with selected text, everything will be converted. TextEdit is obviously not really a full fledged word processing application.

     

    Having said that, try pasting into a more robust application like NeoOffice. Seems to involve even more cleanup.

  • rikbarry Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Jul 11, 2013 11:45 AM (in response to Guy Burns)

    Here's what I just discovered:

     

    Select the text with the colored background.

    Go to Font > Remove Style.

    Done.

  • rikbarry Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Jul 11, 2013 6:05 PM (in response to Guy Burns)

    Actually, I was referring to Apple Notes, sorry.

    But the concept would be the same in any text app with a "styles" option.

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