Using Blackboard’s “Paste From Word” feature

Mashup icon

Mashup icon

1. When you wish to paste text from Microsoft Word or Outlook into a Blackboard text box, the best method is to click on the Add Mashup button shown here.

Paste From Word

Paste From Word

2. Choose Paste from Word.

Paste!

Paste!

3. A new window will open. Paste your text into the text box by using the keyboard shortcut CTRL+V (Windows) or CMD+V (Mac).

4. Click on Submit

5. Your text will be pasted in and you may continue with the item you were creating.

The next slide explains why this is useful for those who are interested.

Example

Example

Microsoft Word is one of the most commonly used programs for editing text. So it’s natural that you will want to copy text from a Word document and paste it into a Blackboard text box from time to time.

When you paste text from Word however it will in the background also paste in a lot of HTML code which often has a negative effect on the system into which you are pasting the text.

You will never actually see this unless you drop into the HTML view, and so from time to time you may find that your text pasted from Word does not render in the way it did in your Word document – this is due to the HTML code included in the text.

The animated screen capture above is a good example of how a seemingly simple piece of text pasted from an Outlook email can contain reams and reams of unnecessary and ineffective code. Compare this with the code produced when using the “Paste from Word” button.