When pasting text as "unformatted unicode text" in Word 2007, some special characters will be rendered in a different font, even when the current font at the place of insertion has these characters.

Some characters that cause this are ɑ (latin small letter alpha, unicode 0251) and ɡ (latin small letter g, 0261), which typically appear in MS Mincho or SimSun.

Does anyone know how to prevent this?

  • Are you using a localized version of Word/Windows?
    – Ivo Flipse
    Commented Jun 26, 2010 at 18:08
  • Yes and no. On my own computer, I use English Office/Word but Swedish Windows Vista. At the office, I believe it's English/English, but I can't check right now. The problem persists on both.
    – Emil
    Commented Jun 27, 2010 at 11:16

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I don't have Word installed on this machine to test this atm, but my usual low-tech way to strip formatting from text before pasting into word is to paste & re-copy it from notepad before feeding it into Word.


You can hold on Ctrl + Alt + V on the keyboard. A dialog box will then appear asking you how to paste your text. Choose "Unformatted Text". It will insert the contents of the Clipboard as text without any formatting. I have tried it with the characters you mentioned, and everything works fine as expected.

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