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Copy and Pasting From Word: Things to watch for.

  1. charlie cheesman profile image66
    charlie cheesmanposted 3 years ago

    I have started to write my content on word first then copy and paste across.
    But Word adds in extra little bits of HTML and i am not sure if hubpages has a filter or something to clean it up, As search engines don't like it much,
    I just wondered if i should be doing something to clean it up my self?
    I am sure theres a way to strip out any unwanted HTML on word but i have not found out how yet.

    1. agvulpes profile image88
      agvulpesposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      G'day charlie, Wen I started I was doing the same thing as you. You can edit the HTML when you paste into the Text Capsule. There is a 'edit HTML' button on the capsule.
      However I now use a word processor called 'win32pad' (free) which does not include any code at all.
      For me this is much easier.
      I hope this helps smile

    2. EricDockett profile image97
      EricDockettposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Hi Charlie.  I write all of my Hubs that way and I've never had a problem.  Just cut and past into the text capsule.  HP does seems to standardize most of the odd formatting, if it's there.  If you copy and paste from another source into Word, and then to HP, you may have to do some clean up.  For example, if you take down an article from another site and copy from there to here, or from there to Word to here, you may have to remove some coding, but it's usually just a matter of deleting whatever looks weird.  Just keep an eye on what you've got going on and you should be okay,

      But as far as writing in Word and pasting into the HP text editor, I've never had any issues.  BTW, writing in Word first is a great way to make sure you have a backup of all of your Hubs.

    3. The Examiner-1 profile image82
      The Examiner-1posted 3 years ago in reply to this

      I use Word and copy & paste it to HP all of the time and have never had a problem like that. I do not know what version of Windows or of Word you are using or if you are typing to Word in HTML. Also, I only copy the sections which I want to copy one capsule at a time - not the whole page at once.

    4. Matthew Meyer profile image79
      Matthew Meyerposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Depending upon how you do the copy, you can accidentally insert some weird characters into Hubs if you copy directly from formatted word processing software like Word.

      If you want to edit content on your local machine and then copy that content to capsules in your Hubs, I would suggest using a plain text editor.

      I personally user Notepad++ for all my plain text editing needs, but notepad included with Windows should do that job as well. 

      Textedit is a good option for OS X and is included with the OS.

      If you are used to Word and don't want to try a different editor, then you will want to make sure that you copy only text.

      If you copy content from Word to a plain text editor like the ones mentioned above, then you can then copy that text from the plain text editor and it should remove or at least let you see potential weird characters (that usually result from formatting).

      As MillionareTips mentioned, you can also save the content from Word as another format.  I would suggest using a text (*.TXT) file and it should remove formatting as well.

  2. Millionaire Tips profile image89
    Millionaire Tipsposted 3 years ago

    I have heard that using Word does add unnecessary code to your hubs that does sometimes cause extra spacing and other problems.  I wonder if saving it as a rich text file (*.rtf) instead of Word format would help eliminate the extra coding.

    My workaround has been to go the other way.  I create the hub using the hubtool, and then before publishing, I copy and paste onto Word and run the spell check and grammar editor.  Yes, that does involve my having to make corrections in both places, but there usually aren't too many corrections to make by the time I get to that point.

  3. my-zone profile image78
    my-zoneposted 3 years ago

    which word editor r u using

  4. charlie cheesman profile image66
    charlie cheesmanposted 3 years ago

    Thanks all it will look in to using note pad or some other one I give them a try and see which one works best for me. Thanks again