Here's our Microsoft Office Tip for.. October 12, 2004
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Using Paste Special to Paste Unformatted Text
Word typically preserves all formatting when you cut information from a Web page and paste it into a Word document. While this is helpful a good portion of the time, sometimes it can get in the way--such as when you cut text that happens to be a hyperlink and Word inserts the link into your document. There is a simple way to avoid pasting text with all that formatting.

When you're ready to paste, simply choose Edit, Paste Special and select Unformatted Text. You'll insert the words themselves, without all that extraneous formatting.