Paste, Paste from Word, and Paste as Plain Text

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Have you ever tried to paste information into your page builder only to see that it just doesn't look quite the same as what you copied? Haven't we all...

Often times, this can be caused be extraneous HTML or the lack of proper formatting as it translates to web form in the page builder.

Microsoft Word, for instance, always adds extra HTML into the code when formatting as well as making great use of the Tab spacing when formatting in Word. So unfortunately, when you try to paste the information you copy from Word, tab spacing and the extra code do not translate well into web-based HTML You would not really be able to see the extra code unless you switch into the "Source" view (used to view and embed HTML code) in your page builder. However, you can definitely notice the botched formatting.

We have a few different options built into Sitemason to try to help combat this:
Paste, Paste from Word, and Paste as Plain Text

Basically, these three pasting options give the user the ability to try to keep some original formatting. If you try to paste some info into your page builder and it comes out looking funky, try using the Paste from Word. This feature tries to keep most of the original formatting but removes certain extra code from Word that can often break the formatting and do more harm than good.

If all else fails, we recommend using the Paste as Plain Text feature. This pastes the data as clean HTML and then you would just want to do any actual formatting in the page builder itself using the Sitemason Editor tools. This will create the best looking copy in web form.


I hope this helps clear up the confusion!

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