Ten Reasons to Create the Text for Your Hub Outside of HubPages

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Ten Reasons to Create the Text for Your Hub Outside of HubPages

When I create a hub, I generally like to start working on it in Microsoft Word. There are quite a few advantages to doing this – at least ten that I can think of. There are other word processing softwares that can be used, and some will not have the formatting issues that Microsoft Word does, but I am comfortable with Microsoft Word, and I have found ways to overcome these issues. I hope to address most of these issues later in this article.


Use Microsoft Word (or another word processing software) to Create Text for Hubs

There are quite a few reasons to consider the use of a word processing software before entering text into your Hubpages text capsules.


1. Able to View More Text Utilizing Word

By using Microsoft Word, I am able to view more text on my screen at a time. This makes it easy to see what I have written. Part of the reason for this is the fact that I am not limited to the text that can be found in one text capsule at a time, and the second is the fact that the width and height of the text area inside Word is more expansive than it is in HubPages.


2. Not Limited to Text in One Text Capsule

By using Microsoft Word, I can work with all of the text at once without having to navigate between text capsules. For instance, if I decided I wanted to move a paragraph or a sentence from one part of the hub to another, I can just cut and paste while in Word. However, I might have to open and close text capsules inside my hub to achieve the same thing, making it much more labor intensive.


3. Set Up Text With All Subtitles

By using Microsoft Word, I can set up my text with the subtitles and get the proper flow within my hub. I can look at my hub as a whole, placing subtitles every few paragraphs, and making sure that my paragraphs are not too long visually.


4. Easily Add Hyperlinks

Hyperlinks can be added in Word or Hubpages; the process is essentially the same. And since tool tips are no longer being inserted within HubPages, there is no advantage to doing them one place over the other. Any hyperlinks set up in Word, transfer into HubPages with a simple cut and paste operation.


5. Better Spell and Grammar Checker

Microsoft Word has a better spelling and grammar checker which is a bonus. This can especially be important for spell checking your capsule subtitles – which currently are not spell checked within HubPages.


6. Ability to Enter Symbols

Microsoft Word makes it easy to add symbols such as:

© - Copyright symbol

® - Registered symbol

™ - Trade Mark symbol

° - degree symbol


7. On-line Thesaurus

Microsoft Word also has a thesaurus that is easy to access and use. I tend to overuse some words; so sometimes I like to look at alternate words to use in order to help the words flow more smoothly, and not sound so redundant.


8. Word Count Readily Accessible

It is easy to see my word count so I can gauge if my article will be too short or too long. I usually try to have over 800 words (at least 500), but not much more than 2000. I want to make sure I have enough words to get my point across, while at the same time understanding that people have short attention spans and want to move on to the next article.


9. Easy to Use CopyScape

It is easy to run my writing through CopyScape. Sometimes when I am working on a document, I find that I use the same verbiage that someone else has used. It may because there are only so many ways to say that grass is green.

Or I may have done research, wrote my article, rewrote my article, and rewrote it yet again, only to find that I had used the same text that was in the original document. By doing this, I never have to worry again about receiving the duplicate content message on any of my hubs. The last one I got, I got because I was plagiarizing myself. I said the same thing, the same way in a couple of my hubs. (Imagine that!) I knew it was original content, because I wrote it.

To check a document in its entirety that has not been published is easily done by cutting and pasting the entire document from Word into CopyScape. This does require you to purchase the use of CopyScape (premium version - I circled where you would click to do this check), but it is only 5 cents per search, and the peace of mind that it provides is worth it for me!

Note: You can use Copyscape for free on a published hub. It is one of the methods you can use to see if someone is plagiarizing your work. All you have to do is enter the web address of the hub or article you want to check against. Make sure to include "http://"

If you want to be able to check a body of text using the cut and paste method indicated above, you will need click on the premium version whose location is circled in red (see below). This method does require a minimal fee.


10. Easy to Use Grammarly

Another software that I sometimes run my articles through is Grammarly. I have purchased a year’s worth of use of this software, so I may as well use it for my hubs as well as other writing that I do. This is easily accomplished by cutting and pasting the full document from Word into the Grammarly text entry box.


Transferring Document From Word to Hubpages

Let's look at an easy to navigate method to transfer your text from Word to HubPages.

The easiest way I have found to transfer the text from Microsoft Word to HubPages is to divide my screen so that half is devoted to HubPages and half is devoted to Microsoft Word. This can be easily accomplished by clicking the maximize/minimize button on your HubPages window and then dragging the right side to the middle of the screen.



Do the same with the Microsoft Word window. Click on the maximize/minimize button and drag the right side of the window to the middle area of the screen. They can overlap - it does not matter. You really only need enough of each window to be able to click between (toggle between) the two of them.



This will give you a screen that looks similar to the image below. I chose to put HubPages on the left, and Word on the right.

Notice in Word I have made my intended capsule subtitles bold. This helps me to sort things out as I am preparing the content for my capsules and as I transfer the information.



Cut and paste the text from Word to the HubPages' text capsule (see below).


Obstacles to Overcome

Microsoft Word has some formatting issues that do not transfer cleanly. Let's look at some of these issues and see how to overcome them.



Notice the space (shown in red) between the capsule subtitle and the text contents of the capsule. This generally happens when I transfer (copy and paste) text from Word to HubPages.


To eliminate this extra space you can save the text capsule, edit it again, and then delete the extra space.

Or you can utilize the alternate method below.



When a text capsule is in edit mode, the text "HTML" will appear in the upper left portion of your text capsule (see right). By clicking on "HTML" you will be provided the HTML text that makes up your text capsule (see below).



Next click on the gray "clean html" button that appears on the upper right area of your text capsule (see above).


This will change your text to look like the text that appears on the right. Delete the text that appears inside the red rectangle.


Make sure that you do not edit the last "<p>" that falls below the red rectangle. See lower right for the formatting that should remain in your text box.

Then click on the green save button to the upper right. When you save your text capsule the gap will no longer be there.


Bullet Points

Bullet points and numbered lists are another problem area when transferring text from Word to HubPages.

Look at the images below. Image 1 shows what the text looked like in Microsoft Word. Notice the size of the bullets. Image 2 is what those bullets look like after pasting them into HubPages. Notice how small they are.

If after inserting the text as shown in image 2, you click on the bullet point icon as shown in image 4, you will receive image 3 - having both the large and the small dots.

To overcome this problem, I remove the bullets in Word just prior to my copy, followed by a paste into HubPages, and immediately add the bullets back in HubPages. You will once again have what you see in image 1.

Look at the images above. Image 5 shows the text as it appears in Microsoft Word. After I insert it into HubPages, it will look the same as it does in image 5, but if I try to toggle it off by clicking on it in HubPages because I no longer want them in HubPages, I will receive the double numbers as shown in image 6, much the same as I received the double bullets in image 3.

The first set that was pasted in is not a bulleted number. It is perceived the same as the rest of the text. Therefore, if you wanted to add a fifth point, it would not automatically add the number for you.

Again the best way to overcome this obstacle is to remove the numbered bullets prior to insertion into HubPages and then re-insert them after that insertion.



That about wraps this up! I am almost certain that I have forgotten some other obstacles to overcome. So if you run across any, please let me know. I think if you use a word processing software to create your text, you just might find that creating a hub got easier.


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A.A. Zavala profile image

A.A. Zavala 4 years ago from Texas

I've been looking for a hub article to give more tips using word to format my hub. Thank you for sharing.


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Les Trois Chenes 4 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France

I love the clarity and simplicity of this article, and the wealth of useful information provided. (Please write instructions for the use of our TV, Video and DVD player!). One more excellent reasons to use Word if you are one of the less disciplined writers like myself, is that you have a text copy on your computer.

Having said this, I do like the inspiration of my illustrations, as my Hubs are usually very visual. Also I've had problems when transferring text to HubPages, namely underling. As the spell-check on my Word AND HubPages fails to work properly, I'm on my own there either way! Voted up.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

A very useful hub Cindy. And of course very well set out as usual.

I think you may have given the wrong link for Copyscape as the one you link to is to check if anyone has copied your own article, which is very useful of course but not the one I think you meant to link to.

You can deny this and correct it if you wish before anyone else reads it. Cheers


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Very helpful Hub. I do all my Hubs in a Microsoft document and the cit and paste. I don;t use all the bells and whistles that you do (I am quite impressed) but seeing all the text on a larger screen and the ease of cut and paste makes it a no-brainer. :)

Happy New Year.


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Writer Fox 4 years ago from the wadi near the little river

Very good article. I learned several new things here!


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kschimmel 4 years ago from North Carolina, USA

This is very helpful--thanks for putting all this info in one convenient Hub.


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liftandsoar 4 years ago from Richmond, VA

Thanks, Homesteadbound. Very helpful and clear. I could use another hub on how you get all those screen shots into your hubs. It looks painstakingly slow and complicated.


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Kris Heeter 4 years ago from Indiana

Very useful - thanks for the tip on copyscape for checking on hub to check to see if someone is plagiarizing. Just pasting in the hub URL - I had not idea it was that easy.


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA

Congratulations on your award.

This is a great idea. I got into the habit of starting writing directly on HubPages. Then I transfer to Word to check it. I am trying really hard to do it the way you mentioned here, because it will save time.

Happy New Year. I appreciate all of your support you have provided this year.


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

A.A. Zavala - I am glad that I was able to provide you with some information you can use. I was starting to work on my next Hub Luv hub and put this information in it, but it started to get too long and it became a hub all by itself. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.


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liftandsoar 4 years ago from Richmond, VA

Thanks, Homesteadbound, very helpful. How do you get all those screen shots in your hubs.


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formosangirl 4 years ago from Los Angeles

Homesteadbound, thanks for this informative hub. Just one question. How did you put in a summary to your hub? My hubs all show that they are missing a summary.


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

Les Trois Chenes - I'm with you on how to get my TV and remotes to work together properly. I wish someone had written instructions on how to get them to work properly. Maybe I wish I had gotten to them before my husband threw them away!

I use lots of images in my hubs also. I think it makes the hub much more readable and enjoyable. Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

Congratulations of winning the New Hubber of the year 2011. You deserve that award! Thanks for all this good info. I always use Word when writing a Hub, but never thought of splitting the screen between Word and my text capsule. I just minimize Word and copy and paste from there. I didn't know about the Copyscape either. I've bookmarked this Hub. I want to know how you create the banner "I truly value your comments, etc." I like that. Thanks again.


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

Rosemay50 - I thank you so much for bringing it to my attention. I was the correct link. it just needed more claification. I hope I have done that with the changes that I made. I always welcome any help to make my hubs as good as they can possibly be. I often mistype things and find them later, so if you see any please let me know about them. Check out the changes that I have made and if it still is not clear, let me know. Thanks so much. I really appreciate it. In fact, I appreciate all your support!


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

phdast7 - It sounds like you certainly have it mastered. I agree. It certainly does make things easier.

Thanks for stopping by and validating that I am on the right track with this method.


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

Writer Fox - I love sharing information. I think I am a teacher at heart. Thanks so much.


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anusha15 4 years ago from Delhi, India

An absolutely amazing and useful hub with completely original idea. I loved your flow of thoughts, your explanation, and the formatting too. Great work here. The tips you shared with your unique perspective is amazing.


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

kschimmel - Thanks for stopping by! I am pleased that you found this hub to be useful!


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

liftandsoar - When I got my new computer in August, it came with something called a snipping tool. That's what I use. If you do a search on google for snipping tool, it lists several that can be purchased. I saw a couple that had a free month trial, and I looked at the price of one which was $49.99. It is just a matter of clicking two diagonal corners around what you want to "snip" and then saving it as an image and downloading it into the hub. The blue marking is done by the same tool. The red marking I did with a $10 graphics software I purchased 9 years ago. It really is not hard. I will include a blurb about it in my next hub luv that comes out a week from today.

Thanks for stopping by!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

I left a comment earlier, but now it's gone! Anyway, I congratulated you for the award. I have learned a lot from this. I've always used Word, but didn't know how to utilize it the way you show. Also, I didn't know about Copyscape. I've bookmarked this. Voted it UP, etc.etc.


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

Mary615 - Your first comment just had not been approved yet. I approve them as I am able to respond to them. Sorry for the confusion.

Thanks for the congrats. I never expected it and did not see it coming. There are so many excellent and outstanding writers on the new hubber list that I feel write so much better than I do. But I certainly won't turn it down ...

As far as the banner at the bottom of the page, feel free to copy it. This is like my 4th different one, but you are welcome to any of them. I pulled the banner itself from microsoft clipart, and then inserted the text with a graphics software, moved it to "paint" to create an image I could use on HubPages, and then saved it.

I didn't know about copyscape prior to hubpages either. I have learned so much - I guess you can teach an old dog new tricks.

Thanks so much for stopping by and for being a wonderful supporter.


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JayeWisdom 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

Excellent advice. I routinely use Word when writing my hub text, check and edit it, then copy and paste into the hub. It works so much better than typing text directly into the hub capsule (as I did with my very first hub).


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

Kris Heeter - Isn't is funny how we all often tend to think that things are harder than they really are? I thought copyscape would be harder than it is and I thought it would cost a lot also. But neither was true. And aren't we glad for that.

I am pleased to have been able to help you.


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

What a great hub! I have been wondering how to use copyscape--so I have bookmarked this hub--happy new year to you!


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

Millionaire Tips - Thank you for the congrats!

I hope this helps save time on your hubs. I really like the technique.

I appreciate all the support you have given me. Thanks!


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK

Although I’ve always started hubs off in Word, there is a lot here that will make the process much simpler for me, and hopefully cut down on time as it takes me quite a while to assemble hubs. I shall book mark this.

And congratulations on being Hubber of the Year.


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

formosangirl - I emailed you about the summary information. I hope it helps you with your problem. Thanks for stopping by and glad you enjoyed the hub!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

I use word only for doing Hubs. I have tried WordPad and NotePad but I don't like them.

I also use a handy little program called StickyPad. It works good because it will lay on top of your Hub when your working on it. I put reminders of things I want to put in the Hub on StickyPad.

Congratulations of winning the New Hubber of the year 2011.

Good hub.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

Hi again, I should have know about the comment not showing! Thanks for quick response. I did copy your banner, I really like that, thanks. I would never be able to do that on my own. Thanks again for all your help, it's appreciated!


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

anusha15 - thanks for your wonderful comment. I am glad that you found the presentation to be appealing and useful. Thanks so much for stopping by!


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

JayeWisdom - I agree. I too started by inserting text straight into text capsules, but it was tedious to move text around. I like using Word much better also. Thanks so much for sharing that you agree.


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Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois

I always write in Word first so that I can put my writing aside if I have to and go back and work on it some more. I appreciate the info on Copyscape in this very well written and laid out hub. Voted up


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

@AudreyHowitt - Good luck on your use of copyscape. It is a wonderful asset to use even with the free version!

@Melovy - Word is great for this! I'm glad you picked up some tips! Thanks on the congrats!


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brittanytodd 4 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

This is such a helpful hub! I have to share it with my followers. Great work (as usual), Cindy! Keep it up!


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

moonlake - Hi! I have not tried NotePad, but have tried WordPad. And like you, I prefer Word.

But I am going to have to check out StickyPad. That sounds interesting.

Thanks so much for your valuable input. You have given me more to think about and consider the use of.


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

Danette Watt - Yes, Word works very well at doing the text entry function and them moving the info to HubPages. Copyscape is a good tool to have in our toolbox. Davenmidtown introduced me to that jewel.

Thanks so much for sharing your use of word.


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DonnaCosmato 4 years ago from USA

Congratulations, Cindy, on your award...you deserved it! This is an excellent hub as usual and full of lots of good information. I'm glad you shared about Grammarly and Copyscape as those are valuable writing tools for anyone to have. Voted up.


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Debby Bruck 4 years ago

Dear Cindy ~ I voted up, plus awesome and useful. You get a 100% in the grade book for this tutorial. I may sign up for the premium copyscape if it allows you to upload the entire text for scanning. Your other tips for transferring text from MS to HP were terrific. I really do enjoy typing directly into HP or from notepad into HP. I see the one benefit for me would be the word count option in MS. Hugs, Debby


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kikalina 4 years ago from Europe

I love copyscape. It is very helpful but there is a limit you can freely check a page per month.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Hi again, I think it just sunk into my head the wrong way.

But your hub was indeed very useful, I always use word and appreciated the extra tips that you showed here.

I would appreciate your opinion on 'Plagiarisma.Net' which is what I use to check my content before I publish an article.

Also there is a program called 'Jing'. I wrote a hub for this a while ago. It is perfect for screenshots and it is FREE to download.

I did see someone earlier mention 'underlining' problems, I too have this problem when I paste from word it will often add the underline in the module, often only part of the text will be underlined, I am thinking this is a hubpage glitch but if you have any idea how to solve this would be helpful. Thanks

Oh and congrats on winning new hubber of the year. Well done, you sure have been a great help to many of us


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

brittanytodd - Thanks so much for stopping by and for the share.


girltalksshop 4 years ago

Very informative resourses. I better bookmark this one! Voted up and interesting...: )


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

@DonnaCosmato - Thank you so much for stopping by! I am pleased that you felt this hub was useful.


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

Debby Bruck - I have not had any problems uploading a large amount of text - say 2000 words. It that were the max then you might have to do a couple batches if you had an article that was that long. I do not know f it has a word limit beyond what I have tried. But, yes it does allow you to cut the text straight in. Hope this helps. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing!


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

kikalina - yes there is a limit, but I was not able to find what that limit was. They seemed to almost avoid the question, being almost evasive, in their FAQ's. They repeated themselves saying that there was a limit but never stating what the limit is. If someone has a definite answer to this question, that would be wonderful. Thanks for stopping by!


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ktrapp 4 years ago from Illinois

I almost always write my hubs directly into the hub capsules, but I have been seriously considering doing them in Word first, like you and so many others do. However, my reason is a little different:

I wholeheartedly believe that getting the proper keywords in the URL is critical to SEO. When a new hub is started, one of the first things we have to do is to create the hub's URL.

The problem is that I often have the words to the body of a hub flowing in my head long before I have a chance to research keywords for the un-editable URL. By writing in Word first I will be able to get my thoughts down (while they're still there) and then start the hub when I feel I have an SEO-friendly URL.

You've got some great tips in this hub that I will be sure to follow. And let me just say that I am thrilled to see that you have ventured into the world of html. FYI - The "p" and "/p" that you are deleting represent paragraphs (starting a paragraph = p and ending a paragraph = /p). The "br" represents a line break.

It occurs to me that you are a tremendous student, learner, and teacher all rolled into one!


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

Rosemay50 - I will have to take a look at the software you spoke of. But I had insomnia last night and I'm too tired to think that hard on purpose.

Jing will be something I can look at also to mention in my hub luv hub.

I tested cutting and pasting text that was italicized, bold, and underlined. Did not have any probs with any of them. But I do know that I have had problems with both bold and underlined once or twice. If I remember correctly, I just un-underlined it all and then underlined what I wanted underlined. And I think it did not even show up until I saved. What I would try if this were happening to me on a fairly consistent basis is to perform a clean html after every text insertion and see if that fixes it. It is hard to find a solution to something that is not happening to me. But if you try that and let me know by further comments, it just might help someone else.

Didn't mean to be so long winded, but hoping this helps.

Thanks for your great input here.


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

girltalksshop - glad I could help!


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

ktrapp - come to think of it, I have done it for that reason also, although not as well as you. I have so much to learn yet.

Thanks so much for the mini-HTML lesson. I have so much to learn. I know I just said that, but it bears repeating. So it is the line break that is actually causing the added space?

I love to teach especially when I find things that really help me and I know that it can help others if I can just break it down in small enough pieces that can be understood.

Thanks so much for what you have added to the discussion


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Greenhousewife 4 years ago

Very good suggestion! I will have to implement this into how I write my hubs! Thank you for sharing!


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rLcasaLme 4 years ago from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

I always use MS Word for drafting my hub prior to publishing it to HubPages. It is easier to find errors and edit it. It is also easier to spot if another sentence or paragraph is necessary.

I was not aware of CopyScape and that was sort of a bonus to me in this hub. This is a very useful hub.


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missolive 4 years ago from Texas

Great hub Cindy! Important tips too.

I tend to write mine on HP first and set up all my capsules THEN I copy/paste the whole thing into Word and edit and revise - I know it's a bit backwards. :)

PS I LOVE ktrapp! She always offers such great comments. I found a great little html book at Barnes and Noble once - I'll need to find that thing and step it up!


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

@Greenhousewife - I am pleased to be able to help!

@rLcasaLme - Word seems to be the way to go for many people. You will have to look at CopyScape - I hope it helps.


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

missolive - I would say coming from you that this is a wonderful compliment, as I think your "helper" hubs are cream of the crop!

Yes, ktrapp, is right up there with you. You two are both so brilliant. I have been looking at HTML some, but not quite ready to tackle that subject.

Thanks for stopping by!


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craftdrawer 4 years ago

Very useful information when it comes to formatting a Hub. I will be using them for my next writing venture, especially the Copyscape link.


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

craftdrawer - I hope it works for you as well as it does for me. I am pleased that I was able to provide something helpful for you!


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davenmidtown 4 years ago from Sacramento, California

I think that windows 7 allows you to drag and snap windows so they take up half of the screen and then you can drag and snap so that the next window takes up the other half of the screen... I also love that the new flat screen monitors come wider then standard....I have a 24 inch monitor that I use all of. Great hub HSB: I feel like this could be on the mid-term!


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

Yes, davenmidtown, a wider screen would be more helpful! I can see myself using all of whatever screen I was afforded. But I like my laptop and I don't imagine that they will get that large. Darn!

Midterm, huh? Sounded like a teacher? I would take that as a compliment!


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ktrapp 4 years ago from Illinois

Well - if you both (Dave and Homesteadbound) were using desktops you would be in heaven with two monitors, yes two monitors at once.


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

ktrapp - I feel like I'm following you around. I'm staying one step behind you. You better keep moving though, you might get run over, sometimes all of us following you get distracted by all the juicy little tidbits you leave behind.

You have TWO monitors?!? I may have to go to my corner and pout! Someday when I am rich and famous, I want to be just like you - two monitors! LOL


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davenmidtown 4 years ago from Sacramento, California

I have two monitors... I just use them on different computers. In fact... I have one computer just for creating video and one just for hubpages and playing yu gi oh with HSB: @HSB... how would you sit in your chair with your small zoo and two monitors??? Sometimes technology is cumbersome. What is more important to consider is that even with all of our techology... she still kicked our B***s on "the List." hahahah


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

ktrapp - I think davenmidtown just called and raised! LOL

But yes it is nice to sit in my recliner with my zoo playing "writer's block"!


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davenmidtown 4 years ago from Sacramento, California

is that like quilting?


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

davenmidtown - Tends to be more like football when we are all in the recliner together - block and tackle!


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ktrapp 4 years ago from Illinois

You two are losing me - but seriously Dave you could do dual monitors with one computer and work on like 10 hubs at once.


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davenmidtown 4 years ago from Sacramento, California

Go Dallas!!!! oops


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

ktrapp - I will try to find you. If we meet here, http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/89657 , I bet you will find all of us!

ktrapp - 10 hubs at once! His ADD would kick in and we may never find him again!

davenmidtown - ahhh! the light is coming on!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Very cool hub here Homesteadbound! I thank you for creating it! Lol. I always wondered what that HTML button was for:) lol. That makes sense:)

I often do my work on word first and I just copy and paste I to the capsules...usually. Sometimes I write them in hub but I hate when I write myself out of the original title. Then I can't change the original URL as far as I know...but yes thank you for the clean up ideas! It will save me time I'm sure!


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

RealHousewife - I have shared other reasons for the html button in one of my hub luv hubs. Being able to write your text and then picking your URL and title to best work with what you have written is a definite plus to using word first.


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa

Gosh, Cindy, you always teach me something new. I never thought to use the maximinze/minimize button to divide the screen in half. How handy! My husband has two monitors, but with all the books and research I have laying around when I write, I don't have room on my desk!

RealHousewife, another use of the HTML button is to insert code so your links open in a new window. That way you don't lose your readers off the current window. I always do that now. Sinea Pies once wrote a hub on it that I have bookmarked. I'll share it again so you can find it in the feed.


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

DeborahNeyens - so glad that I am able to share information with others. I love it! I know what you mean about not having room. I am often in a recliner with a cat on my lap in addition to my laptop, so space is at a premium.

The hub that you are referring to was written by Sinea Pies, and it is titled Readers--How to Keep Them. I referenced it in the hub luv article I spoke of. It is another way that I use the HTML.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Ahhhhhh Cindy - such an awesome and informative hub! I have learned much from you. I use Word also, but you have pointed out some things I didn't know - such as #3, 4, 6 and 7. Like the kids used to say "you're the bomb."

I am self-taught as far as Word goes and sure wish I knew more about using it. I can see that I could save some time as I write my hubs. Voted way up! Thanks.


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

vocalcoach - I'm not around kids too much any more so I've never been a "bomb" before! See I learned something from you.

I am self taught on word also, but if you have any questions, feel free to shoot me an email, and I will try to help. The word I use now is the free version, so it doesn't have as many bells and whistles as the paid version, but it has served my purpose well.

I am pleased that I have been able to help. Thanks for stopping by!


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi homesteadbound

Great article. I always type my poems in word and copy and paste into hubpages.

The only thing I have to do is edit and add spaces between verses.

Voted up and awesome.

Have a great weekend.


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

Sueswan - It does seem as if many people were already using Word to create their text and then cut and paste it into Hubpages. Thanks for the affirmation.


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FloraBreenRobison 4 years ago

I tend to write my work out by hand first...old school. Another reason to use word is that if something happens to Hubpages or whatever site you are writing on, you have a backup copy.


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

FloraBreenRobison - Some pleasure can be found in writing out long hand - old school. This would be one way of keeping your work. Good point.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Cindy - Just look at the score on your hub! I can't remember seeing one this high in a very long time. Congrats!


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

vocalcoach - thanks for bringing it to my attention. I only wish my hubber score would stay that high. lol But I have almost given up worrying about that. Did you get those dividers to insert like you wanted?

Thanks for bringing this cheerful moment to my attention!


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VendettaVixen 4 years ago from Ireland

Excellent hub you've got here.

I've always used MS Word first, mainly for the reasons you've outlined above, but also because it's easier to come up with a suitable URL when you've got the text already written out in front of you when you get to that stage.

Voted up and useful.

P.S. Congratulations on making hubber of the year, Homesteadbound!


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

VendettaVixen - thanks for stopping by! Yes it does make picking a URL easier and more productive as far as keywords go. Sometimes what we intended to write and what we actually write are not the same things, so picking a title after writing is better as far as I am concerned. Thanks for bringing that information out here, as it is useful information.

Thanks so much for the congrats!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Hi Cindy - Yes, I sent you an email to thank you and to ask what the next step is. And as for the hub score...forget about that. You'll probably never figure it out - I haven't and neither has anyone I've talked to about it. :) Thanks again!


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

Hey Audrey! I answered your email immediately. I just re-sent it. I hope you get it this time. It may have fallen into spam last time. Thanks for the info. Thanks for stopping by!


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

10 reasons to like this hub:

You are a nice writer.

The topic is important.

The hub is well done.

The hub is easy to read quickly.

The hub covers points that we may not think through.

The hub is a thorough overview.

The hub's sections are concise.

The hub has detailed guidelines.

The hub covers some new-to-me information.

The hub has generated some interesting comments.

Voted up and bookmarked.


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

RTalloni - Thanks for stopping by! You have given me 10 reasons to say thank you! And also thanks for the votes and the bookmark!


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B. Leekley 4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

Thanks for the helpful hub.


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

B. Leekley - I am pleased that you have found this hub to be helpful. I love to help others, and as we all share information, hubpages becomes a better site over all! Thanks so much for stopping by!


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

I like using Word to write text, too. I've tried in the text capsules, and I've tried in Notepad, but I like how software for "words" is the best. Great hub! Voted up and across and SHARED.


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Curiad 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

You have some good tips here homesteadbound,thank you for the time and effort to share this!


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ThePracticalMommy 4 years ago from United States

These are great tips! Thanks for sharing. :)


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

cclitgirl - Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this subject. And thanks so much for stopping by!


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

Curiad - I am glad that these are good for you. Thanks for stopping by!


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

ThePracticalMommy - I hope you are able to use some of these tips to save some money. thanks so much!


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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Thank You homesteadbound from this ten day Hubber. I will certainly bookmark and use this wonderfully instructive info as I progress. The only thing is that I used Word with my second Hub and when I copied and tried to paste it, the screen turned a rather dark blue, and I could not navigate at all, so ended up retyping the Hub painstakingly (and still missed a typo). I am sure it was operator error though, so will try the split screen method. Am bookmarking this great Hub.


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

xstatic - good luck on your hubbing experience. And welcome to hubpages. When you try this method again and have problems, let me know and I will see if I can help. Thanks for stopping by!


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FaithDream 4 years ago from (Midwest) USA

Great tips. I use Word for all my articles. Not only for the many reasons you've stated but it also gives me a backup of all my writing.

This way I have all my hubs in a personal folder. After I publish the article, I'll add the link of that hub to my word document for future reference.

I can also group my hubs and refer to them when I want to get inspired.

Thanks for this great article!


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

FaithDream - I have started using word as a backup for my hubs also. It is another great reason to use Word. Thanks so much for sharing another great reason!

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