Volume 8 Issue 6
|Microsoft Word: Problems with Paste? Try Paste Special!|
The problem: Copy and Paste into a Word document doesn't do what you expected
Have these Copy-and-Paste problems ever happened to you?
The Solution: Paste Special
You're in luck! Microsoft Word has an alternative to the standard Paste command that lets you Paste while exercising more control over the result. It's called "Paste Special." Here's how to use it:
Step 1: In whatever program you're using, select the text you want to copy.
Step 2: Copy your selection to the Clipboard.
Step 3: Go to your Microsoft Word document.
Step 4: Place the insertion point (blinking vertical line) at the appropriate location in your document.
Step 5: Invoke the Paste Special command:
Step 7: Then click OK.
Word will insert the text into your document without any of the formatting from its original source.
Additional things you should know about Paste Special
Here are some of the finer points:
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