Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Copy and Pasting, the Correct Way

Many times, we need to copy text from a Word document or PDF, and then paste the text into Blackboard. When you do this, you end up with a lot of hidden markup html tags in the source code which can led to crazy formatted text. The best solution is to remove the formatting when you paste.


The short cut for copying is CTRL + C.
The shortcut for pasting is CTRL + V.

To paste this as plain text, press CTRL + Shift + V instead of the standard CTRL + V, and the system will paste unformatted text. 

Note: many programs follow this parameter (Chrome, Firefox, etc.) but not all, particularly Microsoft programs like Word or Outlook. For those there's a few alternatives: 

  1. CTRL + ALT + V will show a 'paste special' dialog box.
  2. CTRL + Spacebar will remove formatting in already pasted text.

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