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Old 03-05-2008, 05:20 AM
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I just posted a piece of writing, and for the first time ever it didn't lose all the line-breaks.

Is this because the piece I posted had originally been taken from an old thread of mine, before being edited in Word and re-posted?

Is it only new stuff from Word that loses formatting?

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There is a very good question. How I wish I knew the answer to that little conundrum. Sometimes my cut-and-pastes get all shoved together, and other times they're almost perfectly formatted. It can be very frustrating. Mind if I join you in the Waiting-for-an-Answer queue?
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Is this because the piece I posted had originally been taken from an old thread of mine, before being edited in Word and re-posted?
Yes, definitely. The text you copied from the thread has the same 'forum' format, so it will be the same.

Microsoft Word (or any other similar text editor) applies an underlying style format -- the format you see when you start typing. This is the default format and remains so unless you change it. (Times New Roman, 12 pt, single spaced, etc.) However, any text you paste here will take the form of the recipient source's format.

When you copy your story from Word to Writer's Beat, it will appear good and intact in the reply box. However, it will look 'shoved together' when you go to the preview page. Why? Because HTML has its own format and applies it to the text you have provided.

How to overcome this little problem, and style your story the way you want?

1- Copy the text from Word.
2- Paste it into a notepad file.
3- Copy the text from the notepad file.
4- Paste it again here, in a reply/submit box.

The Notepad application will remove all formatting of any text. You will paste an unformatted text here, and when you change it to the way you want, it will look so when you submit or preview it.

And remember, leave a line break between paragraphs all the time. HTML does not have indents. (If you are adamant in having indents in your story, there are a few tricks you can apply.)
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Here's a helpful link:

http://www.shaunakelly.com/word/styl...xtChanges.html
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Hey, thanks for that in-depth answer. Appreciated. Will try the Notepad trick next time.
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Thank you, I will give that a try if I ever get around to writing.
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