# How to selectively delete inner and outer parentheses simultaneously?

For example I want to retain only the content inside \text so that

$\text{v} = \text{w}$


becomes

$v = w$


How does one do this if there are hundreds of instances of \text{..} and I want them all removed?

• Many editors support this. In sublime text for example, you can select all instances of \text easily and remove them, next you can easily select what is in-between the curly braces and cut it, remove braces and paste it again. – AboAmmar May 1 '18 at 16:24
• "..next you select what is in-between the curly braces and cut it, remove braces and paste it again". This is out of the question. Suppose there are hundreds of instances of \text...? – Quasar Supernova May 1 '18 at 16:25
• Welcome to TeX.SX! – Bobyandbob May 1 '18 at 16:27
• What is inside the \text? Only simple chars? Then some regex should work. – Ulrike Fischer May 1 '18 at 16:29
• @QuasarSupernova - I mean what I said, be it tens or hundreds, it doesn't matter. Just ctrl+shift+m will select what is in-between the curly braces automatically. – AboAmmar May 1 '18 at 16:29

If you have such "bad" document where all instances of \text sequence would be removed then you can re-define \text macro simply:
\def\text#1{#1}