Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. If you are using an earlier version (Word 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Word, click here: Getting Rid of the Paste Options Box.

Getting Rid of the Paste Options Box

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated March 2, 2013)


If you copy and paste information from place to place in a document, you may have noticed that whenever you complete a paste operation, Word helpfully displays a "paste options" tool right next to whatever you pasted. Use this tool and you can apply some variations to what you pasted.

Some people find the paste options to be distracting in some versions of Word. (The appearance of the paste options tool is different in different versions of Word.) Fortunately for them, Word allows you to turn them off. Follow these steps:

  1. Display the Word Options dialog box. (In Word 2007 click the Office button and then click Word Options. In Word 2010 and Word 2013 display the File tab of the ribbon and then click Options.)
  2. Click Advanced at the left side of the dialog box.
  3. Scroll through the available options until you get to the Cut, Copy, and Paste section. (See Figure 1.)
  4. Figure 1. The Cut, Copy, and Paste section of the Word Options dialog box.

  5. Clear the Show Paste Options Buttons check box.
  6. Click OK.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (5967) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Getting Rid of the Paste Options Box.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...


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2018-03-19 14:57:57

Gracie Walters

Thank you so much! This annoys me so much so this helped a lot. :)

2017-09-21 21:56:53


Thank you so much! That Paste Box Options kept annoying me whenever I pasted a text into the word document!

2017-01-06 14:34:44


I had to save, close then get back in just to remove this annoying options box. Thanks.

2016-12-01 18:53:09


Ah thank you so much for your helpful tips. I'm planning on using this so much. Thanks again.

2016-11-18 05:01:16


Excellent advice. Thank you.

2016-06-06 15:18:36


This Word icon has been driving me nuts. thank you for helping me remove it so easily.

2016-02-20 00:46:07


Easy to follow instructions that saved me so much hassle. The box is truly a hassle. Thanks so much!

2016-02-13 13:07:23


This piece of information seems like it might have actually worked! Unfortunately, it took me 15 minutes of my time to find it.

Now, how I do get rid of that annoying smart tag thing? I hate it.

2015-09-07 21:52:56

Kevin H.

Perfect solution. I found that pop-up most annoying.

2015-08-21 07:15:33

St. John

Brilliant tip - thank you. The cut/paste button was very annoying and tended just to get in the way and prevent you seeing the very text you're working on. It reminded me of that really annoying paperclip that used to pop up and try to help you in much older versions of Word! I used to press space to get rid of the cut/paste box, and then delete the space. Thankfully this annoying box is gone now!

2015-01-24 14:09:49

Al Fone

Very clear tip instructions. Thanks.

2013-12-12 08:44:06

Surendera M. Bhanot

Thank you. Paste Option button was so irritating that it hindered the further action till it is cleared by pressing <Esc> Button. Its a great relief to say it good-bey now.

2013-12-11 14:48:42

Don Mattocks

Sure would like to see this tip for Word 2011. That paste option box is so irritating but I can't find "Options" in the Mac version to turn it off. Thanks, Don Mattocks

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