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IE is causing malfunction of copy/paste in Word

By Silverblonde
Apr 12, 2012
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  1. Two weeks ago I stopped being able to highlight/copy/paste images & text from websites...something I have always done...into Word. Each time the copy results in text only with none of the original formatting (no images, headings, subtitles, spacing, colour etc) it's all in close-written text Arial 10pt (my default).
    I have researched and tried everything and been on other forums too.....no joy in resolving this problem.

    I have now spent days experimenting (including un-installing Windows XP and installing Office 2010) and have now narrowed the problem down.

    I can create a Word doc with colour text and different fonts/size and successfully copy/paste this within the doc. The moment I open up Yahoo IE on my desktop the copying facility in Word malfunctions and it just copies everything as Arial 10pt with no formatting of the original. If I close IE the copy/paste behaves properly. I have opened websites in Firefox browser and been successful with highlighting/copy/pasting multiple images & text into Word with all the original formatting, and copying within the doc itself is ok.
    The problem is very specific to my computer - having run the tests on another computer in the house.

    IE is powered by Yahoo and my email is via BT Yahoo so I need to have it open almost full time……BUT it is preventing the ‘copy/paste’ functioning.

    Can anyone help me resolve this please?
    Many thanks
  2. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 5,189   +230

    IF I read your post correctly in that it works fine with Firefox, I'd quit using IE.
    I've read where people say some websites/web pages only work in IE but I find that difficult to believe.
    :)
  3. Rabbit01

    Rabbit01 TechSpot Booster Posts: 892   +39

    What if you paste using Past - Keep Source Formatting?


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