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A few months ago while writing a paper, I copied some paragraphs created in one computer to a different computer. I guess the formatting was different. Please see the following image:

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I noticed that a strange formatting has also been imported. I thought it would go away when I select all and choose a format. But the problem did not go away. Now, when I am trying to finish the paper, the weird formatting still remains. Does anyone have any solution?

Also, how to make sure that when we copy something from a file with different Styles, we retain the destination style definitions?


I would prefer a solution where I do not have to re-do the formatting manually.

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The best solution I can think of without testing it myself is going to Styles >Clear All and then you can add the formatting and styles back in as per need. But, you said you don't want to redo the formatting. I have a VM up and ther a way I can test it myself? I can for sure get a solution if I get to see your issue on my computer. That way I can play around with it. – Gutsygibbon Oct 15 '12 at 21:02

Convert it to plaintext, restart the program, open the file and convert it back if needed.

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But then I will have to do all formatting manually. – Stat-R Oct 15 '12 at 20:54

Why not use the Format Painter tool to quickly copy the format from the existing text in the doc to the new text pasted in?

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Additionally, you can select all instances of text throughout the document with a particular type of formatting, and replace with a different style.

Also, when you copy rich (formatted) text to the clipboard and right-click, you can see different Paste options:

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(From Left to Right, these are: Use Destination Theme (H), Keep Source Formatting (K), Merge Formatting (M) and Keep Text Only (T).)

After pasting copied rich text you'll see a small hovering drop-down that again displays various Paste options:

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(From Left to Right, these are: Keep Source Formatting (K), Merge Formatting (M), Use Destination Styles (S) and Keep Text Only (T).)

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