Copy with formatting fails in Windows

Steps to reproduce

  1. Open an EPUB file with rich text in Calibre E-Book viewer in Microsoft Windows.
  2. Copy some rich text.
  3. Paste in Microsoft Word
  4. Paste in Obsidian
  5. Copy the text from Microsoft Word
  6. Paste in Obsidian

Expected result

All pastes to keep formatting, unless I choose “paste as plain text” from Obsidian context menu. (Which I don’t choose)

Actual result

  • Paste in Microsoft Word is fine/formatted. (Step 3)
  • Paste in Obsidian is plain text. (Step 4)
  • Paste in Obsidian (source: MS Word) is fine/formatted. (Step 6)


  • Operating system: Microsoft Windows
  • Debug info:
    Obsidian version: v0.14.15
    Installer version: v0.14.6
    Operating system: Windows 10 Enterprise 10.0.19042
    Login status: not logged in
    Insider build toggle: off
    Live preview: on
    Legacy editor: off
    Base theme: dark
    Community theme: none
    Snippets enabled: 0
    Safe mode: on


Additional information

  • The same procedure is fine in Kubuntu Linux with same version of Calibre and Obsidian.
  • I personally (non-technically) suspect that it’s related to the difference of how Calibre vs. MS Word provide rich text to clipboard.

You are correct in this. We only handle formatted text if it is placed in the clipboard in HTML format.

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Isn’t there any difference in this regard between Windows and Linux versions of Obsidian?

And I’d appreciate if you tell me (or provide a reference to read) that “what are the other formats for clipboard content?”