How do I strip all existing formatting when I paste?

Like many other rich text programs such as Word and OpenOffice, Scrivener supports the ability to paste the contents of your clipboard with any of its existing fonts and styles. However it can oftentimes be useful to paste as though the original source was plain-text, especially when pasting from a web browser. The menu command for this is Edit > Paste and Match Style.

Scrivener handles inline annotations and footnotes similarly to regular styles like bold and italics. Thus, when you copy and paste normally, the text’s status as either form of notation will be carried along with it. Using Paste and Match Style will allow you to paste text that was in an annotation as ordinary text. If your selection spans both regular and annotation text or text linked to an Inspector comment, Paste and Match Style will include the annotation or comment in-line as unformatted, bracketed text.

Using Paste and Match Style with a selection containing footnote text or a linked footnote will create a plain-text footnote, inserting a bracketed numeral in the text and separating the footnote with two empty lines. To paste an inline footnote as regular text, copy and paste it normally, then remove the footnote formatting from the selection by toggling off Format > Inline Footnote.

To strip footnotes, annotations, and comments from your text selection, choose Edit > Copy Special > Copy without Comments and Footnotes, then paste as normal. Taking a Snapshot before doing this is often a good idea.