Can not change text format

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Post Posted September 16th, 2018, 7:23 pm

I have been having trouble for years trying to insert normal formatted text after pasting in some formatted text from somewhere else. It is impossible to go back to the emails normal format or to clear the new format or change the format in any way. The only way I have been able to do this is to remove the pasted in text. Insert the text that will go after this pasted text and then past the formed text in between the already typed in text. Is there any way to actually go back to my original format or to remove the format from my newly typed in lines. This gets real annoying when I am pasting in a lot of formatted text snips.

If you know a better way to do this, please post here, thanks.


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Post Posted September 17th, 2018, 5:14 am

Not a moving this to Thunderbird Support...
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Post Posted September 17th, 2018, 6:10 am

When I want to paste in text from another source I do this, and it can sometimes help with the problem:

First I place the cursor where I want the text to go.
Next I insert a couple of blank lines.
Then I move the cursor back up to where I want the text to go before I paste it in.

If worse comes to worst, redo the whole thing but paste as unformatted text (Edit | Paste without formatting, or Ctrl+Shift+V).
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Post Posted September 17th, 2018, 10:49 am

Try using the following command in the compose window.

* Format > Discontinue Text Styles (Ctrl+Shift+Y)

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Post Posted February 19th, 2019, 12:58 pm

"Discontinue Text Styles" does not have any affect.
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Post Posted February 19th, 2019, 1:32 pm

You can file a bug report at but I suggest you clarify some things beforehand. If you do file a bug report I suggest you attach a copy of a message that demonstrates the problem (there is a link in the bug report to let you attach a test case to the bug report).

What type of formatting doesn't discontinue text styles clear?

I've found it doesn't reset fonts/font sizes, but I suspect that doesn't count as a text style. The format bar section in ... -messages/ seems to state examples of text styles are
"Body Text, Paragraph,Header sizes 1-6, Address, and Unformatted" . That's why I don't find that command very useful when copying and pasting text from web pages into a message I'm writing. What I'd really like is a command to convert the selected text into totally generic unformatted text with no font, font style, font color, alignment etc. specified.

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Post Posted February 19th, 2019, 1:40 pm

The discontinue text styles command works here.

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I can change the "fox" to "cat" without the bold italic underline size color formatting.

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