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The Complete Idiot's Guide® To WordPress by Susan Gunelius

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Why Does Content I Copy and Paste from Microsoft Word Look Strange When Published in One of My Blog Posts?

As mentioned in Chapter 10, when you copy and paste text directly from Microsoft Word into your blog post visual editor, the published post looks like a formatting mess on your live blog. That’s because when you copy and paste directly from Word, a bunch of HTML code is added to the post content. Even though the post content looks fine in your visual editor, that extra HTML code is still there. You won’t be able to see that HTML code unless you switch to the HTML post editor in your WordPress dashboard.
 
If you don’t know the basics of HTML tagging, you won’t be able to recognize all the extra code in your HTML editor responsible for ...

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