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 February 01, 2020 ibreakstock / Getty Images Apps Best Apps Tweet Share Email Copying 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 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. 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 text will change 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. Put the cursor where you want to paste the text. Select Edit > Paste and Match Style from the menu. The keyboard command is Option+Shift+Command+V. The unformatted text will appear where you placed the cursor. To move text instead of copying it, follow these steps but select Cut (Command+X) instead of Copy.