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IDProjectCategoryView StatusLast Update
0003345ScribusStory Editor / Text Framespublic2022-12-08 14:37
Reporterchristoph_s Assigned To 
Status newResolutionopen 
PlatformallOSallOS Versionall
Product Version1.5.0svn 
Target VersionFuture Release - Nice to have 
Summary0003345: Paste text without formatting
Description... as is a standard in most word processors. In this case, the default formatting options would be valid.
TagsNo tags attached.


related to 0011574 confirmed Usability : Pasting text should not paste the paragraph style 
related to 0009812 new Font sizes get messed up on copy/paste 
related to 0016348 new Paste without formatting for Scribus 
related to 0011814 confirmed Managing styles when pasting an object coming from another document 
related to 0010634 new Pasting text applies style to destination paragraph 
related to 0012629 feedback Copy/Paste will import a bunch of XML when pasting in to Scribus from certain sources 
related to 0005320 confirmed Copy/Paste between docs may create unneccessary line styles 
related to 0003097 confirmed problems with selecting/cutting/copying/pasting text between frames 



2006-04-18 12:03

developer   ~0010094

nice feature. Setting priority to low, since there is an easy workaround: temporary pasting the styled text into a text editor and copying the text from there.


2012-04-23 15:51

reporter   ~0027973

I would like to add my vote here, and would even extend that request a bit:

It would be great to have three options for importing text:

1) not formatting at all (just like copy-pasting through a text editor, as mhanski says above)

2) full formatting: that's the current setting in Scribus.

3) minimal formatting: this would retain only a reduced set of style information: Bold, Italic, Underlined, maybe hyperlinks... For everything else (font, size, color...), it would apply the current style settings (based on the insertion point).

I believe that option (3) would be extremely practical in many situations. Very often when copying text out of ODT files, html pages etc, you want to get rid of all the style garbage that comes with it (manually applied fonts, colors, sizes...). But in most cases you want to keep italic and bold, since that's part of the semantics of the text, rather than the visual style. Same goes for hyperlinks.

If you use the text editor workaround, your text will lose those semantic bits, and you will need to manually re-apply them.

On the other hand, if you import the text with full styling, you will need to undo all the visual styles that are not needed (font, size...) and while doing that, there's a great risk of overriding the bold and italic parts as well.


2013-06-27 10:27

developer   ~0030381

Last edited: 2013-06-27 10:28

See also 0011574 : When copying some text, scribus also pastes the origin paragraph style that overwrites the pasted-place paragraph style and messes the layout of the whole paragraph, including font choice. That should not be.

Copying and Pasting should be local and have only an effect on the copy and pasted text parts.

When pasting characters, scribus should by default paste the character styles of these characters, but not the paragraph style, since pasting the paragraph style has a wider action than the pasted text part, and pasting should be a local action.


2015-05-15 13:21

updater   ~0035136

earmarking for discussion


2015-10-28 10:47

reporter   ~0037031

I think the problem as request has been solve in svn 1.5.1
no formatting copied with the text


2015-10-28 12:31

updater   ~0037037

Dawoodalbadi, I think you misundersand. This ticket is a feature request. This is not solved at all in 1.5.1 because of open bug relationships:


2018-02-09 15:35

reporter   ~0044951

Hi, I just started using Scribus and this is literally the very first thing I tried to do. I'm using 1.5.3 on OSX, pasting any text into a frame or story editor overwrites the existing text formatting, even if I pasted the text into a text editor then copied it out first. Furthermore undoing the action restored the original text, but also left my pasted badly formatted text in the document. Separate bug, but still annoying. Right now I have no idea how to get my text in without having to do text formatting pushups (check the existing format, paste the text, re-apply the format...).

Issue History

Date Modified Username Field Change
2006-03-07 01:33 christoph_s New Issue
2006-04-18 12:03 mhanski Note Added: 0010094
2006-04-18 12:03 mhanski Priority normal => low
2006-04-18 12:03 mhanski Product Version 1.3.3cvs => 1.3
2012-04-23 15:51 greyscale Note Added: 0027973
2013-06-27 10:27 JLuc Note Added: 0030381
2013-06-27 10:27 JLuc Note Edited: 0030381
2013-06-27 10:28 JLuc Note Edited: 0030381
2014-03-23 10:12 JLuc Tag Attached: foundation
2014-09-19 18:40 Kunda Relationship added related to 0010634
2014-09-19 18:40 Kunda Relationship added related to 0012629
2014-09-19 18:41 Kunda Relationship added related to 0005320
2014-10-11 15:32 Kunda Tag Detached: foundation
2014-10-11 15:41 Kunda Relationship added related to 0011574
2015-05-15 13:21 Kunda Patch => No
2015-05-15 13:21 Kunda Note Added: 0035136
2015-05-15 13:21 Kunda Product Version 1.3 => 1.5.0svn
2015-05-15 13:21 Kunda Target Version => Future Release - Nice to have
2015-05-30 21:06 Kunda Relationship added related to 0009812
2015-09-17 20:08 Kunda Category Story Editor / Text Frames => Story Ed/Txt Frames
2015-09-17 20:12 Kunda Category Story Ed/Txt Frames => Story Editor / Text Frames
2015-10-28 10:47 Dawoodalbadi Note Added: 0037031
2015-10-28 12:31 Kunda Note Added: 0037037
2016-04-08 18:29 Kunda Relationship added related to 0003097
2018-02-09 15:35 simonh Note Added: 0044951
2022-12-08 14:37 JLuc Relationship added related to 0016348
2022-12-08 14:37 JLuc Relationship added related to 0011814