Solved Can't copy/paste in word

April 17, 2013 at 02:22:25
Specs: Windows XP
I've been using Word all day. Sudddenly I can't copy and paste. If I type something in word and then copy it- It works but if I try to copy and paste from another source, It hangs up. when I do controll/alt/delete, I get program is not responding.

I'm using XP Pro and have a gig of memory
I did a system restore- No help there. Deleted cookies etc. used Ccleaner to get rid of any others Any ideas?
I always appreciate the help I get here


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April 21, 2013 at 10:37:33
That's because what you're copying isn't plain text. You're copying the whole styling (fonts, colors, graphics, etc.) and your computer is freezing when trying to paste it all into Word with the same styling. When it finally does paste (assuming it eventually responds again), the little Paste icon appears at bottom-right of the content with options to Keep source formatting, Match destination formatting (your Word document), or Keep text only. If you're only keeping text, I'd use the last option.

Sure, that's good to do after it's pasted, but if your computer never comes out of the freeze period, it's useless. Instead, click the down arrow below the Paste option and choose Paste special, then choose Unformatted text.

If you're trying to copy a lot of your Facebook content, you might be happier if they just sent it to you. Once logged into Facebook, click the gear icon (Options menu) then go to General tab, then click the Download a copy of your FB data option at the bottom.

If possible, I strongly advise upgrading to 2GB of RAM for Windows XP.

Apologies if I don't respond to your reply immediately. I don't check this site daily, but you're welcome to PM me as a reminder.



#1
April 17, 2013 at 04:56:25
I saw Norton AV do strange things to Word once.

How do you know when a politician is lying? His mouth is moving.


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#2
April 17, 2013 at 10:22:42
I stay as far away a I can from Norton products

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#3
April 17, 2013 at 10:58:42
"I stay as far away a I can from Norton products"

That's a good measure. Norton was good back a long time ago, but present day it stinks. (IMHO)

It's a good day when you learn something
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#4
April 17, 2013 at 11:01:48
Dan, where have you been hiding?

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#5
April 17, 2013 at 11:44:18
Are you trying to copy/paste from a locked file?

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#6
April 17, 2013 at 14:41:22
No, frankly I'm trying to copy my own posting on facebook and then saving to a word doc

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#7
April 17, 2013 at 16:23:13
Make sure you have Word open before you copy.

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#8
April 17, 2013 at 18:53:00
Why? I've never worried aboit that before- I had been using Word all day
Bthw I also did a Malwarebyte scan- no problems

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#9
April 18, 2013 at 04:51:39
iIt is a miserable question to me. According to me, you should reinstall Word in your system as you told that when copying from another source, your Word will hang. So better try to reinstall it for to tackle further delicacy in the work as well as your copy paste problem will also solve.

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#10
April 18, 2013 at 04:57:53
Does copy and paste work elsewhere? If so, the facebook site may be blocking your efforts.

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#11
April 18, 2013 at 10:25:23
I just tested by copying and pasting your message.- worked
then tried from home page- Got " not responding."
Seems strange to just come out of nowhere
Everything is extremely slow they do work

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April 21, 2013 at 10:37:33
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That's because what you're copying isn't plain text. You're copying the whole styling (fonts, colors, graphics, etc.) and your computer is freezing when trying to paste it all into Word with the same styling. When it finally does paste (assuming it eventually responds again), the little Paste icon appears at bottom-right of the content with options to Keep source formatting, Match destination formatting (your Word document), or Keep text only. If you're only keeping text, I'd use the last option.

Sure, that's good to do after it's pasted, but if your computer never comes out of the freeze period, it's useless. Instead, click the down arrow below the Paste option and choose Paste special, then choose Unformatted text.

If you're trying to copy a lot of your Facebook content, you might be happier if they just sent it to you. Once logged into Facebook, click the gear icon (Options menu) then go to General tab, then click the Download a copy of your FB data option at the bottom.

If possible, I strongly advise upgrading to 2GB of RAM for Windows XP.

Apologies if I don't respond to your reply immediately. I don't check this site daily, but you're welcome to PM me as a reminder.


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