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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
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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
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