Solved can't paste into word 2010 document in Win 7

August 9, 2011 at 13:07:42
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August 10, 2011 at 00:37:26
Thanks to all of you for your help. I was on the phone with Dell for 6 hours this evening. They finally found the problem. With Microsoft Word 2010, which is different from previous Word Programs, you have to have both the Word program and the program you are copying from open at the same time. Otherwise, Word cannot sync to the copy program and puts out a black dot which is really a non discript graphics file with no information or data/characters in the file.

I know some of you will say, of course you should have known this you dummy. However, no one was able to discover this on any of the forums I visit and it is not on the Windows website anywhere I could find. I could not find the answer on any of these technical support forums. I consider this a "bug" by Microsoft that they obviously will not fix. But you can get around it by just making sure both programs are open at the same time on the same computer and paste will work fine.

I will try to get to as many as I can that have posted this same problem on these sites. This is evidently very common problem.

Norm Johnson



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August 9, 2011 at 13:43:17
That's because you're not doing it correctly......


Sorry to sound flippant, but just saying you 'can't paste into word 2010' doesn't give anyone an idea of what you are trying to do. Are you copying from within Word? from another program? what is it that you are trying to paste? - text, images, sounds, videos? Please give a bit more information about what is/isn't happening and you may get a sensible response.

"I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..." Pink Floyd


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August 9, 2011 at 16:32:28
I am tying to copy from a text program I have used for 15 years with success with Word 95, 2000, 2005, 2007 and now 2010. It has worked for 15 years with no problem. When I go to the paste menu in word 2010 to paste this document that has always worked for me, I get a blob when I paste which can be expanded full page which is a grey color with no information in the blob. I suspect the "blob" is some kind of graphics display.

I got it to work for one operation by going to the "options" menu and changing the options on how paste works from a default state. As soon as I exited all programs and tried Word 2010 again it went back to only showing the blob. All changes, and I mean I tried every option in paste will not work.

I cannot paste text documents into Word 2010. Microsoft tells me to go into the registery but I am not prepared to do that. I shouldn't have to do that with a brand new, August 2010, Word 2010 program. Any help you an give would be appreciated.

Norm Johnson
norm@normjohnson.net


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August 9, 2011 at 23:25:18
OK, if it worked in Word 2007 then it shouldn't be any different in 2010 as there was little fundamental change between the two. What is the old text program? anything out of the ordinary? Try running the repair function for Office (either put the disk in or go through Programs & Features in Control Panel) that will check for incorrect installations. Try copying/pasting into Wordpad first, and then from Wordpad into Word, just to see if an peculiarities occur. Also, it's not a good idea to display your personal email on an open forum, suggest you remove it.

"I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..." Pink Floyd


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August 9, 2011 at 23:53:24
I think Word 2010 uses .docx as a suffix and this may be the problem. Post here fro more help: http://www.computing.net/forum/offi...

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August 10, 2011 at 00:37:26
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Thanks to all of you for your help. I was on the phone with Dell for 6 hours this evening. They finally found the problem. With Microsoft Word 2010, which is different from previous Word Programs, you have to have both the Word program and the program you are copying from open at the same time. Otherwise, Word cannot sync to the copy program and puts out a black dot which is really a non discript graphics file with no information or data/characters in the file.

I know some of you will say, of course you should have known this you dummy. However, no one was able to discover this on any of the forums I visit and it is not on the Windows website anywhere I could find. I could not find the answer on any of these technical support forums. I consider this a "bug" by Microsoft that they obviously will not fix. But you can get around it by just making sure both programs are open at the same time on the same computer and paste will work fine.

I will try to get to as many as I can that have posted this same problem on these sites. This is evidently very common problem.

Norm Johnson


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August 10, 2011 at 18:28:45
I think most of us just minimize one while pasting or just click on the other windows to activate it and then paste. I do not think very many bother to close the first program completely before completing the pasting operation (I could be wrong though I do not think so). I typically have a number of programs open and often a number of instances of the same programs open together as I work between things. Just as I keep a number of tabs open on a browser and often a few complete new browser windows, I will just open multiple text documents even in the same program and switch between. XP did this OK to a point but Windows 7 does it much better, especially if you have enough memory.
In conclusion I do not consider this a problem or a bug, you just need to get used to a new way of computing. Faster multicore processors with larger memories, with faster multitasking operating systems make this not only possible but allow us to do our computer work and play better, more efficiently.

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September 2, 2011 at 21:51:20
This was really helpful! I have the same problem with this blob on my new Dell laptop! Thanks very much.
S

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September 3, 2011 at 09:25:00
Thank you S,

I am glad my experience helped someone. Contrary to what some of the posters said and probably contrary to what is your experience, this is not a common way of using Word. It has been so easy up to now. You just copy the phrase or part you want. Then later you can open any program you wanted to paste it into and it worked. I still find myself doing this at times and of course this out of habit and it does not work. So you just have to remember to have the program you are going to paste into open before you do the copy. And yes I consider this a bug and a fault and Microsoft will need to work on this so that it operates like it does with xp, 2000, 2007, etc. Obviously, it seems to me, they changed some of their programming criteria, and made the old way of pasting obsolete and forgot to tell anyone including Dell, etc. So not only do the manufactures not know (took me 6 hours for Dell to get to the bottom of it) but you and I the customers were not and still have not been notified of this significant change. I don't think one posters solution saying we just have to adapt to a new way of computing gets Microsoft off the hook for very poor notification of major programming changes. That is not the best answer. The best answer is to keep the customers who really use these programs for their bread and butter informed so that they don't need to spend 6 hours researching to get to the bottom of a problem such as this.

Thanks very much for your reply and I am glad the solution I learned about works for you


Norm Johnson


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#9
September 20, 2011 at 13:45:14
You are not alone, I find I have same problem copying into word 2007 and word pad. A black spot. now I have resulted to copying into Notepad, then opening it with Word.

I use to copy and paste from the internet all the time directly into Word, but like you I don't know the answer. I am using Windows 7 now, and maybe I should get my old laptop out and try pasting with Vista and see if I am getting the same results. I hope to fine a solution like you. My browser is open when I copy and when I paste so that should not be an issue. Good luck


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#10
September 20, 2011 at 14:20:02
I changed some advance settings in my Word 2007, hoping that would make a difference, but it did not. Then I opened Word 2007 before I copied the text on the internet and it pasted just fine. I do not recall that I ever had to do this until Windows 7, I will check my Windows Vista. I have copied many times before and pasted without having my Word document open first. I think this is a bug in Windows 7, but I will check my Vista notebook when I return home. Take care, Good luck.

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October 6, 2011 at 19:44:33
THANK YOU! I haven't been able to figure out why nothing copies to WORD 2010 (as I have always been able to do with earlier WORD versions)! The black 'BLOB' that always appears has been frustrating me like CRAZY!

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#12
October 6, 2011 at 19:47:40
Tried keeping both programs open while copying and pasting to WORD 2010....still got the black blob. Any other suggestions?

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#13
October 6, 2011 at 20:18:21
Note to all: I think that keeping too many things in memory like a number of 'clipboard' items is a wasteful way of computing and I think MS decided that if you clear out the clipboard when the program closes, you are using memory more intelligently. THIS is why I think MS did this, not to make you miserable.

kaygee: What program is the copy originating? If a web page, it may have a protection against copying. Picture, text, or what?

Note to all: If you are not happy with Word/Office, try openoffice.org, it is free and full featured.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#14
October 28, 2011 at 05:12:21
BLACK BLOB SOLUTION (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

For many users with this black blob/dot issue, the problem is caused by a defective Bluetooth add-in for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Black Blob Word 2007 FIX (Similar process for Excel and PowerPoint, just use excel.exe, and powerpnt.exe instead of 'Winword' in the following)

Click Start button --> Type Winword into the search box
Right click on Winword --> Run as administrator --> Click yes
Click the Microsoft Office Button at the Top Left
Click 'Word options' at the bottom
Click the 'Add-ins' Tab
Dropdown box at the bottom --> Manage: "COM Add-ins"
Click Go...
Uncheck "Send to Bluetooth"
Press OK

Additional Notes:

1. The defective Bluetooth add-in is usually installed by a Bluetooth driver. (In my case - Intel Centrino Wireless Bluetooth 3.0 + High Speed Adaptor (v1.1))
2. Updating your Bluetooth driver (or reverting to an older version) may also resolve the problem.
3. Unfortunately simply disabling the add-in through the Word options may result in a 3 second freeze when loading Word 2007. (If this is a problem, changing to a different bluetooth driver version may be the better option)


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#15
November 23, 2011 at 03:23:17
It would be if I could copy and paste it for the instructions!!!!

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