Keep notepad handy to clear formatting

As a tester, I suspect you do a lot of copy and paste. Sometimes it's test data from a file into an application. Sometimes it's from a screen into a defect report. And sometimes it's from one application into another. Many times, it can be nice to remove formatting before you paste.

I keep Notepad (or TextEdit on my Mac) open all the time so I can quickly paste and re-copy to/from Notepad before I paste it into the target application. This automatically removes all simple formatting (bold, italics, fonts, etc...) and makes it much easier to clean up spacing formatting (tabs, spaces, etc...).