How to Move Text Information From the Internet to a Word Document

By Craig Witt

Use Microsoft Notepad to remove formatting from text before inserting it into Word.
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Most information presented online contains a combination of text and images. These elements are in turn enhanced with a wide range of styles, such as font sizes, colors, tables, bulleted and numbered lists, horizontal rules and navigation elements. If you copy text information directly from a web page into Microsoft Word, nearly all of these elements and styles come with it. To avoid this excess formatting and include only the text information, use Microsoft Notepad as an intermediary.

Highlight all of the text information you want to copy in your web browser. Click "File" in the top menu bar and then select "Copy."

Open Microsoft Notepad. By default, the program is accessed by clicking the Windows Start button and opening the following: "Programs" > "Accessories" > "Notepad."

Paste the information copied from your web browser into Notepad. Click "Edit" in the top menu bar and select "Paste." Because Notepad deals with information exclusively in plain-text mode, all images and nearly every bit of formatting is stripped from text pasted into the program.

Highlight all of the now-unformatted text in Notepad. Click "Edit" and select "Copy."

Open Microsoft Word, select "Edit" from the top menu, and then choose "Paste." Only the text information you copied in Step 1 appears on-screen; all other elements and effects have been removed.