Paste text without formatting or kill it with a key sequence

I find it very annoying when you copy-n-paste formatted text in Windows as I very seldom actually want the formatting to come with it, and rather just want the raw text. The process I’ve been using up until now is to first paste the text into notepad, then copy it from there for pasting – not exactly an efficient workflow.

I came across a little single executable tool called PureText which allows you to assign a special key sequence to paste text without the formatting, I use Windows Key+V. The tool is a tiny 13K and just sits quietly in your task tray.

On a similar note – here is a quick way to removing any formatting from text within a Word doc or Outlook e-mail message:

Select the offending text area and hit ctrl + spacebar


Removing a colon : from a Windows directory


Ok, so check this out… I somehow got a colon (:) in a directory folder name on my Windows 7 RC1 box. Why do I care you ask? because I could not access the folder’s contents, as colon in Windows is reserved for device names, such as disk partitions C:,D: etc.

Windows - Colon in directory name

Windows would not allow be to rename, delete, move this folder. If I executed a DIR /X, which shows legacy 8 character MS-DOS directory names, it came up without a short name – not good. I can only imagine that this directory name was created  by one of the MP3 tagging tools I’ve used, which may use a non-standard API call for creation of the directory.


After trying a bunch of things under the Windows environment I gave up and brought out the big guns… Went to and downloaded the latest ISO image and burnt it to CD. I booted up of on the live CD, and simply went into the default file manager app and renamed the folder. Done.

Ubuntu saves that day!

P.S. Don’t laugh too hard at the unfortunate example of my music collection… this album is often played in our bedroom after a long day to help put us to sleep… it does the job well!