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Dreamweaver CS5: The Missing Manual by David Sawyer McFarland

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Copying and Pasting Text

If you’re building websites as part of a team or for clients, your writers are likely to send you their copy in the form of word processing documents. If the text comes in a Microsoft Word document or Excel spreadsheet, you’re lucky. Dreamweaver includes commands for pasting text from these two types of files. If you’re using Windows, you can even import those kinds of files directly into a web page using File→Import→Word/Excel Document (see Pasting Excel Spreadsheet Information).

Simple Copy and Paste

For non-Microsoft-spawned text, you can, of course, still simply copy and paste, like generations of web designers before you.

Open the document in whatever program created it—WordPad, TextEdit, your email program, or whatever. Select the text you want (by dragging through it, for example), or choose Edit→Select All (Ctrl+A [⌘-A]) to highlight all text in the document. Then choose Edit→Copy, or press Ctrl+C (⌘-C), to copy it. Switch to Dreamweaver, click in the document window where you wish the text to go, and then choose Edit→Paste (Ctrl+V [⌘-V]).

This routine pastes the text into place. Unfortunately, you lose all text formatting (font type, size, color, bold, italic, and so on) in the process, as shown in Figure 2-4.

Usually when you copy from any program other than a Microsoft Office program (Word, Excel, and so on) as shown in the top image, and paste into Dreamweaver, as shown in the bottom figure, you lose all formatting, and line breaks replace paragraph breaks. The six little icons that appear at the end of some of the lines at the right represent invisible line breaks.

Figure 2-4. Usually when you copy from any program other than a Microsoft Office program (Word, Excel, and so on) as shown in the top image, and ...

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