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    Word 2k BlueMode Pasting (2000 original, noSPs)

    When in "white text on blue background mode," a paste from the clipboard which originated in HTML or text is pasted in black on dark blue, and is illegible. Reselecting the pasted content, and reformatting it to normal style restores the correct white_on_blue look.

    The "blue mode" is quite usable otherwise for this old DOShead, but this bug is highly irritating. Anyone else see this, or is it my (Matrox) video on Win98 OE?

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    Re: Word 2k BlueMode Pasting (2000 original, noSPs)

    "White text on blue background" (shudder). Here's a simple solution to your problem, which is a good idea to use even if you're living in a Windows world all the time. Never, ever, ever, just paste text into your document, especially if you know that the source for the copied text is from a source other than Word (including e-mail, anything posted on a website, etc.). When you paste, you can, as you've discovered, bring in formatting that you don't want. (I always compare this to dating these days - you don't know where that text has been, who it may have been with, etc., and you want to be careful. ) <img src=/S/beep.gif border=0 alt=beep width=15 height=15>

    Instead of a regular paste, when you're ready to insert the copied text, go to the Edit menu, choose Paste Special, then choose Unformatted Text. Too many steps? Record a macro and attach a keystroke to it. This will save you enough grief that it's worth the extra time.

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    Re: Word 2k BlueMode Pasting (2000 original, noSPs)

    I just tried it by pasting items copied from the lounge. Text, like your message, is pasted correctly. But headings & post numbers are not. The problem is that Word will adjust colors if the font color is set to "Automatic". If it's set to "black" (or any other color), that's what you get. You can avoid this by:
    1. Selecting the newly pasted text & pressing Ctrl+Spacebar (this removes all manual formatting & returns it to the formatting of the paragraph style).
    2. Using Paste Special/Unformatted text. You can even record a macro for this latter choice.

    However, if you actually define a paragraph style with a font color such as black, pasting into that style will always result in black font.

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    Re: Word 2k BlueMode Pasting (2000 original, noSPs)

    Thanks, guys. I'll experiment with what the clipboard does to UNIX, DOS and "one long line" Win/Mac paras. Sometimes I wish for a plaintext clipboard. Make that most of the time.

    I'm not deliberately coloring anything. I even renamed my normal.dot and webtext comes up text-html in the style picker, most of the time. Even a clip from Notepad came up black on blue one time. I'll try to divine a pattern and get back.

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    Re: Word 2k BlueMode Pasting (2000 original, noSPs)

    Just to clarify. You're not setting the color of the font. The website is...and it comes through as black when you paste it. If you put your cursor between two of the black letters & press Ctrl+D, you'll see that the font color is set to black. If you do the same with the "white" characters, you'll see the font is set to automatic.

    Cheers,

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    Re: Word 2k BlueMode Pasting (2000 original, noSPs)

    Aha. Thanks for the clarification. So, if it's an ordinary website with black text on white or a light color, the "blackness" of the font carries through the pasting. It would seem to this user that such distinctions are of minimal utility for a mode designed to jolly up the WP51 or WSDOS 7 user. (Hey, it's just like my CGA/EGA screen!) To heck with this (g). What I really want is UltraVision and color 7 on 0. Where's my EGA-mono video driver? Fat chance, eh?

    Which brings up a more serious suggestion. All window fonts are built to be displayed as black on white. The glaring, dystopic white background visually "eats" into the font glyph. Fonts made for light-on-dark are built differently. I'd love a couple of those, fixed-pitch, of course.

    Thanks again, guys.

    -trog

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