Drafting posts in Microsoft Word RRS feed

  • Question

  • I like to draft complex posts using Microsoft Word.  When I copy the text from the Word document and paste it into a forum, the formatting is not maintained, particularly paragraph formatting, like tab stops and hanging indented paragraphs.  I don't want to overstate this issue because paragraph formatting is more or less right; but it's often not what I intended and it can look messy.

    I hope it might be possible to improve the copying from Microsoft Word documents in the future.



    • Moved by SachinW Monday, September 13, 2010 11:15 AM Not related to Suggestions and Feedback (From:Suggestions and Feedback for the Forums)
    • Moved by SachinW Monday, September 20, 2010 11:15 AM related to Suggestions and Feedback Forum (From:Off-Topic Posts (Do Not Post Here))
    Sunday, September 12, 2010 8:05 AM

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  •  This isn't a word feedback per se, it's interaction with how Word
    formats things that then get posted into forums.
    Monday, September 13, 2010 7:18 PM
  • SachinW:

    1.   It seems you have misunderstood my post and I am disappointed you have moved my suggestion to an inappropriate location.  I would be glad if you moved it back again.  I'm perfectly happy with creating, editing and formatting Word documents.

    2.   Your link Creating, Editing and Formatting Documents produced Error 404.

    3.   Your link http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-us/wordcreate/threads is irrelevant to my suggestion.


    You got it!


    Tuesday, September 14, 2010 4:50 PM
  • Cancelled response.

    Saturday, September 18, 2010 4:59 PM
  • Saturday, October 2, 2010 9:48 AM
  • I have posted another update here:

    Using the INSERT CODE BLOCK button

    Sunday, January 9, 2011 1:13 PM
  •  This isn't a word feedback per se, it's interaction with how Word
    formats things that then get posted into forums.

    I don't think it even needed to mention Word, just point out how deficient these forums' HTML formatting is.  

    Coincidentally I had an example of this involving Google Chrome yesterday.  I was trying to Copy Paste an extract from some  displaydns  output in a cmd window.  GC created a pre section to do that and it looked fine when pasted into the composition frame.  After I posted my reply the forum software displayed the pre section as one contiguous wrapped line, which I then had to take two stabs at post-Submit re-editing, one to find out that the forum software can't deal with pre tags properly at all, the second to get rid of it.  I should have remembered that this is the way that Code insertion is implemented on the MSDN forums and that the Answers forums doesn't even have a Code button.  So maybe my example doesn't apply to this forum after all...  ; /



    Sunday, January 9, 2011 3:45 PM
  • Robert:

    Thanks for your helpful example. 

    When I started using the Microsoft Forums (last year), I drafted directly into the forums editor  only to find my efforts were either lost (when my flakey Internet connection dropped), or were corrupted (when I edited and saved a post twice in succession using the same IE tabbed window (without returning to the main forum window).  This was tedious (expletive deleted)  so I chose to draft in Word, the editor I know best.  (This also allows the "m/n" dash, etc, which the forum editor doesn't have). 

    Here's the latest (which won't surprise you): 
    Since my above post, I attempted  unsuccessfully  to edit into a code block (that had been inserted using the Insert Code Block button):

    <span style='font-size:10.0pt'> Some code text </span>

    <pre> Some code text </pre>

    No good!

    Code spacing is important.  I WAS thinking next time of not using the Insert Code Block button, but instead pasting code into the normal editing window, and using the HTML button to edit in <pre> [code] </pre> tags.  But your reply indicates the tags aren't handled properly.  Hm!

    I suggest a new tag:  <sigh> This is an unacceptable waste of volunteer time! </sigh>

    Regards and thanks for your reply.


    Sunday, January 9, 2011 7:36 PM