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When I cut and past a single word in word 2003 using the clipboard a space is "helpfully" prepended. How/where do I tell word to stop doing that? I suppose there is a configuration option, but I can't seem to find it.

Here's what I see:

  1. open word for windows 2003 to a new, empty document
  2. type: 'Peter Pan'
  3. select Peter
  4. copy to clipboard
  5. move cursor directly behind 'Pan'
  6. paste from clipboard.

The line now contains 'Peter Pan Peter', I expected it to contain 'Peter PanPeter'

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Double clicking a word selects the whole word, I'm not 100% sure but I strongly believe it doesn't select the "helpful space" then. Worth a try. – Bazzz Aug 15 '12 at 10:54
@Bazz: The 'helpful' space isn't in the clipboard, it gets added when pasting into word. Setting word's options - as the article Mario suggested I read suggests- prevents the insertion of that unwanted space char. – lexu Aug 22 '12 at 5:37
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I don't have Word 2003, so you might have to dig a bit.

The specific options for Word 2003 can be found in this kb article.

You're most likely looking for the very first option listed under "more information".

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Very helpful. I've long been irritated by that behavior and had never found these settings. – Will M Aug 15 '12 at 15:08
I first experienced this with Word 2007 and to be honest i quite like it. Sure, sometimes it's annoying, but you can revert it simply by hitting Ctrl+Z after pasting IIRC. – Mario Aug 15 '12 at 20:31
@Mario: thanks for the answer (it worked!) and the <ctrl-z> tip as a 'shortcut', I'll try it out at the office ... – lexu Aug 16 '12 at 7:01

The link in the accepted answer is here quoted:

  1. click Options on the Tools menu
  2. click the Edit tab click to clear or
  3. select the Smart cut and paste check box

If you want to specify default pasting options for the Smart cut and paste feature, click Settings. You can set default options for Microsoft Word or specify custom settings. This article describes the seven options in the Settings dialog box.

It is quite long, so I'll leave you to the link but for me it was in a different place.

Word for Mac: 2011

  1. Word>Preferences>Edit
  2. Either uncheck the Use smart cut and paste checkbox

    or click the Settings button and uncheck the Adjust sentence and word spacing automatically to target the extra space on paste only.

Tip: Searching in the Word prefs dialog is handy, that is how I found it.

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