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On OS X: When I copy and paste from notepad I get strange characters like <br><br>. How do I get rid of this?

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When I copy and paste from notepad I get strange characters like <br><br>. How do I get rid of this?

When I copy and paste from notepad I get strange characters like &lt;br&gt;&lt;br&gt;. How do I get rid of this?

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The characters I'm getting are the Less than symbol, br, Greater than symbol and there's 2 next to each other in between paragraphs.

The characters I'm getting are the Less than symbol, br, Greater than symbol and there's 2 next to each other in between paragraphs.

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That are HTML 'break' tags that add an empty line or force a new line.

You would see such tags in a normal text area if you paste HTML code as plain text. If you paste in a rich text editor then you should see a new line. You can use the editor in plain text mode to prevent this.

Where do you see this happen?

That are HTML 'break' tags that add an empty line or force a new line. You would see such tags in a normal text area if you paste HTML code as plain text. If you paste in a rich text editor then you should see a new line. You can use the editor in plain text mode to prevent this. Where do you see this happen?
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