Learn the Easy Way to Copy and Paste Text Styles on a Mac

Copy and paste formatting to save time

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Being able to copy a text style in macOS is extremely helpful. If you don't copy and paste the text style, you're just copying the text, which means you might end up with different types of styles and formatting in the same email, which doesn't usually look very nice.

How to Copy/Paste Text Styles in macOS Mail

  1. Position the cursor in the text that has the formatting you want to copy.

  2. Press Command-Option-C on your keyboard (this is like the normal text copy but with Option).

You can also select Format > Style > Copy Style from the menu.

  1. To paste the style, highlight the text you want to apply the formatting to.

  2. Press Command-Option-V.

As with copying the style, you can also paste it from the menu via Format > Style > Paste Style.

How to Paste Just the Text (Without Formatting) in macOS Mail

To paste text into an email so that its formatting will match the text around it:

  1. Put the cursor wherever you want to paste the text.

  2. Press Command-Option-Shift-V or select Edit > Paste and Match Style from the menu.