Improved Copy & Paste from Word

I’ll let you in on a secret: sometimes I draft things in Word. Once I feel like they’re ready to share, I copy them over to the wiki so I can collaborate and get feedback from my coworkers. But that first draft? Word doc.

And that’s why I’m pleased to announce that we’ve improved the copy and paste function from Word to Wikispaces. The process of copying your Word docs into your wiki should be much smoother and easier from here on out, without losing all your formatting work.

So what can I copy and paste?

  • Text
  • Text Style This means font, size, color, italics, bold, and underline. All of that will be carried into the wiki.
  • Numbered and Bulleted Lists If they were formatted as a list in the original Word doc, they’ll keep that formatting when they’re moved to the wiki page.
  • Tables All of your rows, columns, merged cells, and in-table text formatting can be pasted into the wiki page without breaking the table.

What can’t I copy and paste?

  • Images Instead of getting the image, you’ll get a “Missing Image” placeholder. Single click it to add the image.
  • Forms If your original Word doc has a lot of complicated form fields, they won’t carry over to your wiki. If you want a form on your wiki page, you should use a form widget.
  • Tabs Tabs at the beginning of a line or next to a space won’t carry over. Tabs between two other characters will carry over as spaces.
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  1. Posted May 26, 2011 at 2:49 am | Permalink

    Buen trabajo y a seguirle agregando temas.

  2. Lori Asimakopoulos
    Posted June 4, 2011 at 8:15 am | Permalink

    Do you have a tutorial or a place on Wikispaces to do organization charts ? If not how would I find that?


  3. Posted June 6, 2011 at 11:22 am | Permalink

    A potentially much better and more general-purpose capability that I ask the wikispaces team to consider: Allow users to use their preferred text editor to directly any page’s wikitext. I imagine this working similarly to the way that file sharing services like DropBox and SugarSync directly integrate with my filesystem: I install a little app on my computer that shows my wiki pages as local files. I can then open and edit them with my favorite application.

  4. Gabriela
    Posted June 7, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

    I’m learning how to use WIKIS for educational purposes. So… this is good. Thanks.

  5. Pedro Ferrão
    Posted June 8, 2011 at 2:35 am | Permalink

    I would prefer to have a question if I desire to paste simple text ou formated text when I paste from Word.
    As an example, several students posting on the same page, resulting in a mess of styles, is always very hard to clean.
    Other way would be the possibility of clean all styles at once in a page.

  6. Debbie
    Posted June 13, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    Hi Lori,

    Can you let us know in a bit more detail what you are looking for at Do you have a chart to start from or did you want to create it from scratch?


  7. Daedalus101
    Posted June 24, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

    We (Seniors On Net) are a small social net for senior citizens, using a wiki for social and educational purposes. We use the wiki in combination with Skype which makes a powerful communication system: a built-in VoIP would be FANTASTIC!

  8. Michael D. Porter
    Posted July 2, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    This is a great help. Is there a possibility that subscripts and superscripts will be included soon? I have wikis for my chemistry classes, and being able to post readable formulas would be great.

    This is probably a greater hurdle, but would it be possible to include this functionality in the Discussion areas as well?

  9. Oliver Win
    Posted July 17, 2011 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing your useful secrets. Really nice! Wasting time with copy and paste annoys me a lot. I´ve found this article and it tells some ways to copy and paste:
    You can do everything just pressing CTRL + C and

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