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Word Tips for Legal Writers

Word tips for law students and other legal writers.

Pasting

When you paste from another source (a web page, a Lexis document, or whatever), Word carries over the formatting. That means you can have a different font or something else weird in the middle of your document.

Instead of simply pasting, use Paste Special. Then you can choose to leave the formatting behind.

You can choose to have this be your default.

Choose the drop-down menu under Paste (left corner of the ribbon).

Keyboard shortcuts:

  • ctrl-c copies.
  • ctrl-v pastes with formatting.
  • ctrl-alt-v gives you Paste Special options.

 

When you paste from another source (a web page, a Lexis document, or whatever), Word carries over the formatting. That means you can have a different font or something else weird in the middle of your document.

Instead of simply pasting, use Paste Special. Then you can choose to leave the formatting behind.

You can choose to have this be your default.

Choose the drop-down menu under Paste (left corner of the ribbon).

Keyboard shortcuts:

  • command-c copies.
  • command-v pastes with formatting.
  • command-ctrl-v gives you Paste Special options.