Mac users have a few ways to clean text of embedded formatting. Two are free, one has a price tag. One is limited but built-in to OS X. The other two come with a bucket of features which go far beyond merely cleaning to include text processing.
Text processing? Read on.
Process That Text
In general, word processing introduces embedding formatting to words, sentences, phrases, lists, paragraphs, documents, and the like, all in an effort to make those words look and read better. In general, text processing is a deliberate attempt to remove such formatting, and to process the text in different ways.
Mac users can remove text formatting in the TextEdit app for free. Open a document, select Make Plain Text from the Format menu, and all the bold, italics, font, color, size, and other formatting features are removed and replaced with a form of, well, plain vanilla text.
Also free is TCleaner, an elegant solution to removing text formatting when you copy and paste. For example, in Microsoft Word, as in most word processors, when you copy and paste text from here to there the original formatting goes along for the ride.
What if you don’t want the formatting? In most cases you have to jump through a few hoops to remove it. TCleaner does the text removal on the fly, in real time. Copy formatted text, paste it as unformatted text. See all those arrows that show up in email messages that have bounced around to and from different people? TCleaner removes them instantly with a simple copy and paste.
The Automatic Clear Formatting function is great because it resides in the background and works when you copy text. But TCleaner has more going for it than that. All formatting is removed, but you can also do it with a keyboard shortcut. Preferences and options are available with a click to the gaudy Menubar icon.
Added features include statistics which count space, characters, words, and paragraphs from selected text. On the fly, TCleaner also changes multiple empty spaces to a single space. Even paragraph returns can be changed from none, to single, double, space, indention, or even add a prefix to each line. And, there are options to remove list bullets, change case, and sort lines. It even removes hyphens.
Not bad for free, huh?
The Pro version comes with a hefty price tag but also has features not found in the free version. That includes options to create profiles, remove duplicates, change and remove tabs, change quotes, remove dashes and minus signs, strip HTML tags, and much more.