Currently Being ModeratedAug 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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Currently Being ModeratedAug 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.TiBook G4 1GHz/ G5 2 GHz DP GF Ultra 6800, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
Currently Being ModeratedAug 23, 2011 10:23 PM (in response to Guy Burns)
Okay, this is what I do:
- Select text on a web page.
- In a TextEdit or iText Express document (rich text, with formattted text already in the document), I press Command-V.
- Text and black background appears and I don't know how to remove the background. If I press Return at the end of the black-background paragraph, all new text I type also has a black background.
I have two questions:
Q1: What actually is this black background? Is it a text attribute (bold, italic, strikethrough and so on)? If so, what is it called – Black Background? Is it a separate layer (like in Photoshop) that is all black?
Q2: Is it possible to do something to remove it other than setting the entire document to plain text ?
Converting to plain text is not a solution as there is other text in the document that I don't want stripped of formating. A workaround is to paste the text into a new document, make it plain text, then copy and paste into the real document. A lot of work just to try and remove a background.
It seems weird to me that text with black background can by copied and pasted, but the background can't be removed.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 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.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 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.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 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.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 11, 2013 6:01 PM (in response to rikbarry)
Font > Remove Style might work in TextEdit, but I normally use iTextExpress for its richer features – and there's no Remove Style option that I could find.
However, rikbarry's solution hinted at another method: go to the Styles menu at the top left of every iTextExpress document window, and apply a style. That gets rid of the background.