Software & Apps Apps How to Copy and Paste Text Styles on a Mac Copy and paste formatting to save time by Heinz Tschabitscher Writer A former freelance contributor who has reviewed hundreds of email programs and services since 1997. our editorial process Heinz Tschabitscher Updated on October 28, 2020 Apps Best Apps Payment Services Tweet Share Email Copying a text style in macOS can be helpful. If you don't copy and paste the text style, you're just copying the text; you might end up with different types of styles and formatting in the same email, which doesn't usually look good. How to Copy and Paste Text Styles in macOS Mail To copy a text style and apply it to other text while you're writing an email message: Position the cursor in the text that has the formatting you want to copy. Go to Format > Style > Copy Style from the menu. Alternatively, press Option+Command+C on your keyboard. To paste the style, first highlight the text you want to apply the formatting to. Select Format > Style > Paste Style from the menu to change the formatting of the text you've highlighted. The keyboard shortcut is Option+Command+V. The highlighted text changes to match the formatting you copied. How to Paste Just the Text (Without Formatting) in macOS Mail To paste text into an email so that its formatting matches the text around it: Copy the text that you want to paste to another place in the email message by highlighting it and selecting Copy under the Edit menu or pressing Command+C on your keyboard. Position the cursor where you want to paste the text. In the Edit menu, select Paste and Match Style. The keyboard command is Option+Shift+Command+V. The unformatted text appears where you placed the cursor. To move text instead of copying it, follow these steps but select Cut (Command+X) instead of Copy.