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Can I copy and paste text into a box? I tried, but now I can't edit it!

Last Updated: Oct 30, 2013  |  6306 Views
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When you copy from Word, Excel, and sometimes even web pages, it copies a lot of background "stuff." You're not just copying the text - you're copying the code these programs (or sites) use to make your text appear a certain way. This includes things like font type, color, and even XML code. Unfortunately, this extra code usually overwrites any changes you make with the text editor.

There are a few ways you can deal with this - you can remove the code either before or after you paste. Here are a few methods to try:

Screen shot of the rich text editor with plain text pasting options circled.

Paste from Word 
If you want to copy & paste anything from Word, please use this button. It will strip out a lot of the unnecessary code before putting your text into LibGuides. This makes it a lot easier for you to work with & reformat!

Remove Formatting remove formatting icon
If you've already pasted your text, and you're having trouble editing it, try this method! Just highlight your text and click the "eraser" button (pictured above). It will strip out the unnecessary code. You will most likely need to do a lot of reformatting, but you'll find it easier to make your changes.

Plain Text Editor
Click on the Plain-Text Editor tab to This is your best bet to make sure all formatting has stripped out of what you're copying & pasting into your LibGuide. You will need to do a lot of reformatting after you save it, but you won't have to worry about the font not changing, or not being able to change the color.

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