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Video: Pasting Text for Better Formatting

By | Sep.12.17 | Productivity, Tech Tips, Videos

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If you’re like most lawyers, you recycle text from other documents a lot. But cutting-and-pasting is a frequent source of formatting disasters in Microsoft Word. Instead of always using CTRL-V when pasting text, take an extra split second to preview your paste result so you can move on with your editing faster.

If you’re recycling text from another document, you may want to preserve some of its original formatting, such as italicized cases, but drop other formatting that doesn’t match your current document, like fonts or paragraph settings.

Use Paste-Previews Before Pasting Text

The Paste button on the Home tab allows you to preview what your text will look like once pasted so you can avoid having to fix the formatting in your newly-pasted text.

Simply click the drop-down arrow under the Paste button on the Home tab. Then hover your mouse over each of the choices and look at your document to see a preview of how it’ll look once pasted. Click the winner to paste.

What if none of those choices work precisely as you want?

Use Paste Special to get a dialog box with more choices. You won’t get a preview, but if you choose something that doesn’t work out, you can always use CTRL-Z to back up and start over.

To reset your default paste setting (the CTRL-V one), click “Set Default Paste” under the Paste button. That’ll take you to the Word Options dialog box, where you can change how the default CTRL-V action behaves in various scenarios.

Learning how to paste text more intelligently will make editing your documents a lot less frustrating.

Click here to read more of Deborah’s Microsoft Office tips.

Deborah Savadra spends a lot of her time explaining technology to lawyers, mostly as editor and chief blogger at Legal Office Guru, which features Microsoft Office video tutorials and other content especially for legal professionals. Watch her quick tips videos here, and follow her on Twitter @legalofficeguru.

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One Response to “Video: Pasting Text for Better Formatting”

  1. Bull Garlington
    12 September 2017 at 10:33 am #

    Deborah, this is absolutely one of the most useful articles I’ve read (and watched) in a long time. I spend half my day in Word and a lot of that time cutting and pasting and more than half of THAT time staring at the disaster that just appeared on my page wondering what the hell just happened.

    For me, cutting and pasting has always involved a third step–clean up.

    I’m just . . . I can’t believe I didn’t know about this. I kid you not, it’s a game changer for me.

    Thank you!


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