Here's a great little utility that solves a common Windows annoyance: PureText. It is a small single executable application that sits in your Windows task tray.
Normally, if you copy text from a document, webpage, or any other source with formatting, Windows helpfully copies the text along with all the formatting for you. This is often annoying and is a pain to do a "Paste Special" when you just want plain 'ol text. So, keep PureText running and (by default) press WINDOWS-V instead of CTRL-V to paste your text. PureText strips out everything that isn't text (font, color, style, etc) and pastes it - just like as if you had copied it into notepad and then out again. Works great and its free.