Get text pasted into Word/Outlook to format properly


If you’re like me and do a lot of copying content from other applications into Word and Outlook, you’re probably very accustomed to using the paste smarttag to choose whether or not to use the source or destination formatting on paste. If you’re tired of constantly switching it and want it to use the right defaults, you can change it here:  



  1. Open the application into which you paste things

  2. Click on the Office icon in the upper-left corner

  3. Word Options (or “Editor Options” for pasting into Outlook)

  4. Advanced

  5. In the cut, copy and paste section, choose the appropriate defaults

Comments (3)

  1. Anonymous says:

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  2. Dataland says:

    I have found a really useful copy and paste enhancement: PureText.  This freeware application runs in your system tray and enables you to paste non-formatted (pure ASCII) text into whatever application you are using.  By default it hooks the <Windows Key>-V to perform this action.  This app also preserves the standard <Ctrl>-V functionality, so you have the option of either pasting formatted or pureText.  Anyway, I find this app really useful.. and I hope this functionality gets integrated into Windows one day 🙂

    Anyway, if you are interested: http://www.stevemiller.net/puretext/

  3. Linda Erickson says:

    I took a Word 2002 file from full page to booklet and when I did my drawing disappeared. So I recreated them then when I printed the file the drawings from the original file showed up plus the ones I put in there.  But when you look at the file you can only see the second set the first set is hidden.

    Help!