Clean Copy and Paste from Microsoft Word to WordPress


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Do you copy and paste from Word and get annoying html-ese like the above? Here’s what to do about it

From 8-common sense tips for writing clean wordpress blog posts.

1. Copy / Paste

This is where most non experienced WordPress users manage to really mess up their blog. And it’s so easy for them to do so! All it takes is the wrong kind of copy / paste: simply copy / pasting text from Word or from another web page will most likely add a lot of unnecessary (and sometimes harmful) CSS styles and HTML tags. It’s what I call “garbage”. Based on the source you copy from, there can

be a lot of garbage!

If you’re used to writing your posts directly in the WordPress editor, you won’t have this problem. But in some occasions, you do need copy / paste. So in order to avoid this issue, there are a couple of things you could do:

  • Click the Kitchen Sink button to show more options, click Paste as Plain Text (Paste from Word removes only some of the garbage) then paste your text there. You will loose simple styling such as bold text or links, but this is not necessarily a bad thing.

See more tips like the ones listed below at 8-common sense tips for writing clean wordpress blog posts.

  1. The right way to use copy / paste in WordPress editor
  2. Using simple styling in your blog posts
  3. Adding images to your blog posts
  4. A few tips on linking to other pages / blogs
  5. The easy way to add a Read more link
  6. How to structure your posts using headings
  7. The reason why Text color is a bad idea
  8. How to clean up a post when things go wrong
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One Response

  1. Thanks, Carolyn!

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