Solved Copying from Gmail to MS Word. This feature no longer works

August 24, 2013 at 18:10:45
Specs: Windows 7
Solution: Copying from Google email to MS Word 2003/7/10 while using Windows 7 became impossible recently. This solution may work with XP also. Pointing the blame finger to Google (General Bullmoose from Lil Abner) identifies the problem source but not the solution. Here is a 'workaround' that actually fills the gap if you need it.
You accomplish this by Copying your material to Wordpad (not Notepad). Then copy the same material from Wordpad to Word 2003 going through Copy/Paste a second time. Awkward but it works. Wonderful when nothing else works.
This is how I put a Wordpad icon onto my taskbar:
Click on Start.
Click on All Programs
Click on Accessories
Click on Wordpad (NOT Notepad)
The Wordpad window will open on your desktop. An icon for Wordpad will also appear down on your taskbar. Right click on this taskbar icon right now and you will be given the option to pin the program to the taskbar. DO THIS. Different with XP.
Now for the test. Call up an email and highlight some text (or a graphic). Click Copy or Ctrl-C. Bring up Wordpad and Paste or Ctrl-P. There it is.
But you want it in MS Word. Okay. Go through the copy procedure all over again. Execute Copy/Paste a second time. Done.
Google is aware of this problem but apparently it is not economically feasible for them to remedy it right now. Warning: If you use Notepad instead, formatting is lost and the output is unacceptable. Believe me.

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August 25, 2013 at 07:09:24
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This is how I put a Wordpad icon onto my taskbar:

Way too much effort. Try this instead.....

- Windows Key + R (opens run menu)
- type "wordpad" and hit 'Enter'

The nice part about doing it this way is it only takes about 2 seconds to open wordpad and you don't need to clutter up your desktop or quicklaunch with yet another icon.

Different with XP.

My method works exactly the same in XP

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***

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August 25, 2013 at 10:47:09
I have no problems at all copying and pasting from my Gmail account to Word 2007
on a Window 7 machine.

Keeps formatting and links.

MIKE

http://www.skeptic.com/


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August 25, 2013 at 12:16:47
Thanks, Curt. I never even had to use Wordpad until yesterday afternoon. Didn't even know how to get to it. . . .Always in favor of a shorter way to get to a solution.
/s/ John

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#4
August 26, 2013 at 07:11:59
LOL

I'm not surprised you haven't used it. I rarely do but like so many other things (notepad, calculator, etc) I start them from the run command rather than go looking through the menus.

Truth be told, I remember using wordpad the same way back in Windows 98 after discovering the many uses for the "Windows Key". Mostly I use "notepad" for .txt files but occasionally I'm copy/pasting something with formatting I wish to keep in which case I use wordpad.

Anyhow, I'm glad I could help!

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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