Have you ever carefully selected a block of text to copy somewhere else and been disappointed with the results? Perhaps you lost leading or trailing spaces or paragraph spacing. If so, you're a victim of Word's Smart Cut and Paste feature. This feature enables Word to automatically adjust formatting when you paste text. The problem is, you might not want Word to adjust a thing. This feature is enabled by default, and it works well for most people, most of the time. However, if you're very specific with your editing, you might find this feature annoying. If that's the case, simply turn it off — or better yet, customize it. To disable this feature, do the following:
- Choose Options from the Tools menu.
- Click the Edit tab.
- Uncheck Smart Cut And Paste in the Cut And Paste section.
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Susan Sales Harkins is an IT consultant, specializing in desktop solutions. Previously, she was editor in chief for The Cobb Group, the world's largest publisher of technical journals.