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I'm copying quite a bit of text from Word into a text-based application, line by line. The word text is structured like this:

  1. Topic

    a. Item A

    b. Item B

When I highlight Item A, copy, and then paste into the text-based application, I get a. Item A rather than just Item A as desired.

How can I prevent Word from including the bullet letter when copying?

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The only way I can see that you could avoid include the numbering is to turn it off prior to copy.

Word Numbers icon

Word will generally include as much information as it can in the copy, and it is up to the recieving application to extract what information it can use.

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But then I lose valuable formatting... I could solve the problem I guess by saving as a text file, but the formatting is very useful while moving data from Word to the external app. – Eric J. Feb 2 '12 at 3:22
Disabling numbering should only remove the numbering formatting - am I missing something? – Paul Feb 2 '12 at 3:26
Also... interestingly... if I copy the text 1. Topic, I don't get the numbering, just Topic. – Eric J. Feb 2 '12 at 3:27
What is the recieving app? – Paul Feb 2 '12 at 3:27
My suggestion was only to disable numbering for the copy action, then put it back (ctrl-z). Not to get rid of it entirely. – Paul Feb 2 '12 at 5:46

Old post but had to do it today.

  1. Highlight the bullet text by dragging from first letter in word to the end last word only.
  2. If you go pass the last letter you will see a half empty space highlighted.
  3. Drag the cursor back to end of the last letter if you also hightlight the half space.
  4. Copy the line (unfortunately, only one line at a time).

That half empty space (end of each bullet) is the hidden formatting of the bullet. If you copy (double, triple clicking by default), you also copy the bullet or list number.

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File -> Word Options -> Advanced

Scroll down to the "Cut, copy, and paste" section

Turn off "Keep bullets and numbers when pasting text with Keep Text Only option

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This only applies to pasting within Word documents. If you copy and paste to another application this will not work. – J.Steve Jan 4 at 16:24

Instead of selecting the complete text in the bullet line, try carefully selecting just the words. Do not extend the cursor beyond the text and it should just copy the words without the bullet. Little painful, but works.

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This is almost identical to another answer already posted. Can you edit your answer to expand upon what is different with your technique? – Burgi May 2 at 2:57

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