Word is driving me CRAZY

Hello all, I have recently started a new job and am having an awful time with formatting and copy & pasting. My job is to collate reports from various sources including Educational Psychologists, into one document that provides a school with the information they need to support a child with special needs.

So, 5 or 6 documents need to be read and then information copied or typed into a master document.

Many of the reports we get have tables, and I need to copy the text from one document to another. As you can see in the picture:

1 - Copy from table on the right

2 - Paste into table on right

The table tabs in destination document change. The format changes. The font does NOT change. All of this despite the fact that my default paste option is 'Keep Text Only'. Hence, every time I paste I have to click through to 'Keep Text Only' and sort out the tabs.

I also cannot, say, select three boxes across a table, and paste them into my table, as in my table, column (1) has to have items listed 1) 2), column (2) needs a) b) and column (3) is bullet points. I then have to change all of these back if I try to paste more than one box over at a time.

I have shown an example below. Highlighted in yellow is the source table. The red text is how it appears initially in my table. The green text in the row underneath is how it looks after I faff round with the tabs and the automatic listings etc. I have put in a further example with the formatting marks in case that helps.

If anyone can advise me I would be eternally grateful, I have done a fair bit of research online and have been unable to find anything to help. 

P.S. I am on Word 2010.



Hi Paul,


We understand how you feel about this issue, let me assist you further.


You may refer to the suggestions from the Microsoft article to use Paste Options in Excel 2010 and see if it helps.



Hope it helps. Try the suggestions and let us know the result at your earliest convenience.

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Last updated June 5, 2019 Views 431 Applies to: