Copying straight from Microsoft Word copies all the formatting and a whole bunch of meta information which can sometimes cause trouble.

Using any browser (not Internet Explorer) 

In stead of using Ctrl+V or Cmd+V to paste text you can use the browsers built in function to Paste without formatting, the shortcut for this is Ctrl+Shift+V (Windows) and Cmd+Shift+V (Mac)

On Windows - Internet Explorer:

There is no immediate shortcut if you have to use Internet Explorer. However there is still a work around:

  1. Copy your text from Word
  2. Open Notepad and paste the text into Notepad - this will make it plain text.
  3. Then copy the text again 
  4. Paste it into your text editor in

Copying special characters

Sometimes though you would like to keep some of the formatting of special characters, e.g. 1 and 2 used for citations that Microsoft Word generates automatically. When you copy from Microsoft word we keep some styling, but other parts are removed, including the superscript characters. However, if you paste in the single character itself then you can use it, like we've done here → ¹  ².

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