Copy/pasting text from illustrator into other text editors
I can't copy text from illustrator and paste into Word, gmail, Notes, Google Docs... anything! It makes it so I have to retype everything which is insane. I used to be able to copy from illustrator into other text editing tools. Why not anymore?
So now as of 9/8/2023 my workaround of copying text out of Illustrator (Mac), pasting into TextEdit, and the copying THAT into my email (Outlook) no longer works. Now even TextEdit treats it as if I pasted a screen shot. No editable text at all. Now I have to open Word, paste without formatting, copy from there, go to where I need the text and paste it. Now I have to have Word open as well...
"Illustrator copies not just text, but the formatted text with an appearance, and most apps can’t handle it, obviously."
I can't think of one place where is this even useful - MASSIVE workflow oversight by Adobe as most of what we do is copy and paste text?
"If you want to paste only the text contents, you should use Paste as Text commands (or similar).
Almost ALL apps do NOT have this outside of Adobe - obviously, as they assume users are copy and pasting just text?!
Google Sheets are a bit dumber, they try to preserve the appearance and paste it as an image,
…its adobe that a “bit dumber” - why would theyor ANY OTHER PLATFORM want to copy text as an image into a text based platform.
"Some apps don’t have the ability to paste text though.”
Please pass this conversation and issue along to someone with a bit more experience
Illustrator copies not just text, but the formatted text with an appearance, and most apps can’t handle it, obviously.
If you want to paste only the text contents, you should use Paste as Text commands (or similar).
Most apps have it. Excel has, but it doesn’t need it, it is smart enough to paste the text contents only by default. Google Sheets are a bit dumber, they try to preserve the appearance and paste it as an image, unless you use Paste Special > Values Only — Ctrl+Shift+V (may differ).
Some apps don’t have the ability to paste text though.
Windows 10 does not have this option from the box, so they have in as a PowerToys plugin:
Macs has its own way to allow pasting as text, hare is a first article form Google about it:
Perhaps Illustrator should also have Copy as Text... but it’s hardly a better option and is even more a hassle.
Can't copy basic text from Illustrator to into anything as text - always turns it into an image - really?!?!
Please fix this - can't believe its gone this long without response out fix
Nicole Leyser commented
You need to Paste and Match Style
→ Cmd + Alt + Shift + V
Katherine Ross commented
Please fix this, it's maddening
I'd like to see a menu item: Edit > Copy as Plain Text and/or Edit > Copy as RTF. RTF would be my preference.
I currently paste into TextEdit, then copy again and paste into the final destination.
Tsipis K commented
A quick workaround I found was to paste it into PureRef and recopy it from there and into google docs. Stupid but it works.
Matt East commented
Total ball-ache but.... save as pdf, open in acrobat, (if necessary run OCR) then copy / paste and re-organise/re-format -
Pedro Sousa commented
This really needs fixing.
For now, in OSX, the only workaround we found is to paste in a "new email" subject and from there, recopy to other editors.
Please fix this!
Gustavo Delance commented
How can they mess this up after so many years. for people who works moving text from here and there this is like ****. Somebody has any solutions for this?
yes it is still unsolved and ridiculously maddening
Is this problem still unsolved?
I have a giant project where this has slowed us down to a crawl. Is there any way I can copy text out of my PDF's and drop it into a word document without it being placed as a graphic?
Marjorie Trager commented
This is driving me crazy too! It used to be doable. Now I paste into Word with Paste Special>unformatted text, which is a huge pain, but some other apps don't give you that option! So I paste into Word as editable text, and then copy to take it to a third app. If not being able to paste into other apps as editable text is a new "feature," it's a really bad one!
Do you have some kind of clipboard manager installed?