Copy/Paste from Microsoft Word

Posted on: October 14th, 2010 by admin 3 Comments

I often type my posts in Microsoft Word and then copy/paste them into my blog here. It can be done, but one must take care. If you paste using the “Visual” tab the formatting codes will be included in the text. That creates problems for people who visit your blog using IE. The pages will stop loading at the point of the formatting. (Strangely, Firefox and Chrome handle the Microsoft Word formatting codes and Microsoft Internet Explorer doesn’t!) Things look fine as you paste, but if you switch to the HTML Tab you’ll see the formatting codes.  That’s what you see in the example below.  I typed some text using Microsoft Word, then pasted it into the blog using the “Visual”tab.  Then, switched to the HTML tab.  You can see the format codes.

My solution is to always paste into the HTML Tab. Once it’s pasted in you can switch back to “Visual” and format the text as you like. Do you have a better solution you can share?

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3 Responses

  1. rickguilfoil says:

    Great post Scott! Many people run into this issue. This should be very helpful. We have always encouraged people to past Word content into text edit or notepad before bringing it to their blog editor. This method is much more direct. Appreciate you brother! Thanks again.

  2. zenichka says:

    Thanks for addressing this issue – being an e-publications / web-content coordinator and simply a perfectionist to boot, it's one of my pet peeves when people copy-paste something from MS Word without paying attention to the fact that the fonts look all different or that some parts of the blog aren't even "formattable" after Word…

    Thankfully, WordPress' HTML editor is wonder for those issues.

  3. David says:

    Thanks for the info. My posts have usually always looked good, but I do not get fancy with formatting. My standard procedure is to post, click on the view past link at the top of the page, and then correct anything that is not quite right. I will be checking more closely for glitches in the future! David (Transitions)

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