What is the keyboard shortcut for pasting without formatting in MS Word?

Or, you can simply set the keyboard shortcut for PasteTextOnly to Ctrl+Shift+V, then it works like before again.

That shortcut is a bit hidden though, so here's the steps how to get there:

  • File > Options > Customize Ribbon > Keyboard shortcuts: Customize...
  • Under Categories, select All Commands
  • Under Commands, look for PasteTextOnly
  • Set the keyboard shortcut for PasteTextOnly to Ctrl+Shift+V

There seems to be no direct shortcut for that, but here's something you can do:

Paste text (Ctrl+V) and then press Ctrl for paste options to appear and then press T for pasting the text with "Keep text only" paste option.

The result will be pasted text without formatting.

You can also Ctrl+V then press backspace if a link was pasted and it will undo link formatting.

This works in older versions of MS Word too.

Ctrl + Alt + V does the trick. It opens up Paste Special, then you need to select Unformatted Text to get the desired result.