How I Get Rid of the Gray Background From ChatGPT

The ChatGPT logo on a green background.

Key Takeaway:

  • To remove the gray background when pasting ChatGPT text to Google Docs, press Ctrl + Shift + V.
  • Use the Keep Text Only mode when pasting ChatGPT text to Microsoft Word.

If you use ChatGPT, you might have encountered its dreaded gray background when copying and pasting text on Google Docs and Microsoft Word. It’s a common problem and can sometimes take some time to remove. Here’s how I easily get rid of the gray background from ChatGPT.

Method 1. Use “Paste Without Formatting” on Google Docs

Google Docs lets you paste content, such as ChatGPT text, without any design elements or formatting. Here’s how.

Generate a prompt on ChatGPT, highlight the results, and press Ctrl + C.

Go to Google Docs and open a new or existing file. After that, right-click anywhere on the document and choose Paste Without Formatting. Alternatively, press Ctrl + Shift + V.

"Paste without formatting" option in Google Docs.

Now, you can copy and paste text from ChatGPT on Google Docs without the gray background.

Method 2. Use “Keep Text Only” on Microsoft Word

Pasting text from ChatGPT on Microsoft Word is similar to Google Docs. However, the same Ctrl + Shift + V shortcut isn’t supported in the former. Here’s how to remove the gray background from ChatGPT on Word automatically when pasting.

Create a prompt on ChatGPT and copy it to your clipboard.

Launch the Microsoft Word program on your device and open a new or existing file. Next, right-click anywhere on the document and select Keep Text Only (the clipboard icon with the letter “A”).

"Keep Text Only" pasting mode in Microsoft Word.

After following these steps, you can copy and paste text from ChatGPT on Microsoft Word without the gray background.

Method 3. Utilize the “Clear Formatting” Option

If you’ve already pasted your ChatGPT text on Google Docs and Microsoft Word before and want to tidy it up, remove the gray background using the Clear Formatting option. Here’s what to do.

In Google Docs, highlight the text you pasted. Then, right-click and select Clear Formatting. Alternatively, press Ctrl + \.

"Clear Formatting" option in Google Docs.

In Microsoft Word, highlight the text you pasted. Under the Home ribbon, choose Clear All Formatting (the letter “A” icon with an eraser on it).

"Clear All Formatting" option in Microsoft Word.

You should now be able to see your ChatGPT text without the gray background and text formatting on your Google Docs or Microsoft Word document.

Method 4. Use Light Mode on ChatGPT

Another way to remove the gray background from ChatGPT is to switch your theme to light mode. The background is set to white by default, removing the need to remove the gray background when copying and pasting text to your document.

Go to ChatGPT. On the upper right corner of your screen, click Profile and choose Settings.

"Settings" in the ChatGPT "Profile" menu.

Under the General section, click the dropdown menu beside Theme and select Light.

"Light" mode option for ChatGPT.

And that’s it.