|I'm wandering if it's because I messed with the settings in ms word.|
That is a possibility.
What setting did you change?
There is a whole section on Copy / Paste in Options.
Click the Microsoft Office button
Click on the Word Options button
In the Cut, Copy, Paste section
I have mine all set to the Default settings for:
Pasting within the same document
Pasting between documents
Pasting between document when style definitions conflict
Pasting from other programs
I have ALL the box's checked, and in the Settings section I have
Use default options for: Word 2002 - 2007
Under the individual options, I have the box's check:
Adjust sentence and word spacing
Adjust table formatting
Smart style behavior
Merge formatting when pasting from Powerpoint
Merge pasting lists with surrounding lists
See how yours compare to what I have set up.
Also, on the Skype issue, even if you do not use Skype,
make sure you do not have it installed.
If you do, uninstall it.
It may be installed and running in the background.
Try check the Task Manager and see if you have a Skype process running.
Here is another site that has a few suggestions that might work: