Help!  I'm cutting and pasting text from Word into a new comment, but when I try to save it, I get error messages and/or coding mixed up with my text.

This can happen when you attempt to copy from Microsoft Word into a post or comment on our site. The box you type in is a rich-text editor.  It has buttons on the top for options such as bullet point, bold, italics, etc. Performing a direct copy/paste from Microsoft Word can cause extra Microsoft code to show up on the page.

There are two options:

  • Use the button on the top that looks like a little Microsoft Word icon (a clipboard holding a small white box with a blue "W" on it).  If you hover over it, it says "Paste from Word." Click the button first, then paste your text into that window. Click "Insert" when done.
  • If you're still having problems, you can use the button next to it, which has a little icon that has a "T" on it.  When you hover over the button, it says "Paste as Plain Text." Do the same thing...click the button, then paste your text into the window. Click "Insert" when done.

One of those two should work, but a third option would be to disable the rich-text editor completely by clicking the "Switch to plain-text editor" link right beneath the entry field.  Once in plain-text mode, you can paste your text directly; however, it will lack formatting without adding basic HTML tags.  If you are familiar with HTML, you can add them, or switch back to rich-text mode to add formatting the usual way.