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This is driving me nuts: every single time I paste some text from Word or Wordpad into Outlook 2003, it ads extra blank lines. For example, if I paste:

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Outlook 2003 is about to drive
me nuts with this extra line
monkey business
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it becomes

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Outlook 2003 is about to drive

me nuts with this extra line

monkey business
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So far the only way is to edit by hand, which is a serious pain in the behind.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

This problem also occurs when copy and pasting text from one cell to another within the same excel sheet!

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Unless you need to preserve the formatting coming from Word/Wordpad, you can paste the text as plain-text using Ctrl+Alt+V to "Paste Special", then select "Unformatted Text".

Paste Special

Of course, you would select "Unformatted Text", not "HTML Format" as I had selected in the screenshot.

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Outlook 2003 does this if your message format is set to HTML (looks like it's interpreting the newlines as </p> instead of <br />). To circumvent this, just set your message format to Plain Text (Format -> Plain Text), paste in your text, then change back to HTML straight after.

A bit of a kludge, but the quickest way to get round it if you use HTML composition by default.

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