24 Replies Latest reply: Feb 20, 2012 1:18 AM by ciarra1525 RSS

    Cannot paste text from MS Publisher into Dreamweaver

    ugotus
      Each week I have to paste text from MS Publisher (2007) into Dreamweaver CS3 to update a website. When I copy the text and then try and paste into my DW document, nothing happens. I have to paste into another document (notepad or Word) and THEN copy and paste THAT into DW.

      Anyone want to take a stab at THIS weird problem? Thanks!
        • 1. Re: Cannot paste text from MS Publisher into Dreamweaver
          Newsgroup_User Community Member
          In DW, try using Edit > Paste Special and try each of the different options.

          HTH,
          Randy


          > Each week I have to paste text from MS Publisher (2007) into Dreamweaver CS3 to
          > update a website. When I copy the text and then try and paste into my DW
          > document, nothing happens. I have to paste into another document (notepad or
          > Word) and THEN copy and paste THAT into DW.
          • 2. Re: Cannot paste text from MS Publisher into Dreamweaver
            ugotus Community Member
            Thanks, Randy. But no good. I can't even paste the text using Code View.
            • 3. Re: Cannot paste text from MS Publisher into Dreamweaver
              Ben M MVP
              Here is a question for you, have you ever tried doing this in reverse? Put the text into Dreamweaver and then paste it into Publisher for your newsletter, see if this works.
              • 4. Re: Cannot paste text from MS Publisher into Dreamweaver
                Newsgroup_User Community Member
                I am not familiar with MS Publisher, so I don't know what format the
                data is in, but I suspect that Notepad and Word understands teh data
                because they are also MS apps.

                Check to see if there is a special way to copy or export the data (i.e.
                "Copy as HTML") to a standard format in MS Publisher.

                Randy


                ugotus wrote:
                > Thanks, Randy. But no good. I can't even paste the text using Code View.
                • 5. Re: Cannot paste text from MS Publisher into Dreamweaver
                  Newsgroup_User Community Member
                  On Sun, 6 Jan 2008 19:05:15 +0000 (UTC), "ugotus"
                  <webforumsuser@macromedia.com> wrote:

                  >Each week I have to paste text from MS Publisher (2007) into Dreamweaver CS3 to
                  >update a website. When I copy the text and then try and paste into my DW
                  >document, nothing happens. I have to paste into another document (notepad or
                  >Word) and THEN copy and paste THAT into DW.
                  >
                  > Anyone want to take a stab at THIS weird problem? Thanks!

                  it would seem because MS Publisher format is non-standard. You can't
                  copy from Publisher to OpenOffice either

                  I've done either:

                  1. select the text in Publisher
                  2. Right click, Change Text | Edit Story in Word
                  3. Select | copy

                  OR preferably - because it removes all formatting

                  1. Copy text in Publisher
                  2. paste into notepad or WordPad
                  3. Select
                  4 paste into Dw

                  I've done this several times - as a newsletter co-editor - I had a
                  whole newsletter to copy into a website.

                  I just have a Notepad short icon on my bottom tool bar - so I can
                  quickly open it.


                  --

                  ~Malcolm N....
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                  • 6. Re: Cannot paste text from MS Publisher into Dreamweaver
                    ugotus Community Member
                    Ok - just tried in reverse and it works, so the problem definitely lies within DW.

                    p.s. i've tried pasting into a standard .htm page, as well as a .php page.
                    • 7. Re: Cannot paste text from MS Publisher into Dreamweaver
                      Newsgroup_User Community Member
                      On Wed, 9 Jan 2008 16:56:44 +0000 (UTC), "ugotus"
                      <webforumsuser@macromedia.com> wrote:

                      >Ok - just tried in reverse and it works, so the problem definitely lies within DW.
                      >
                      >p.s. i've tried pasting into a standard .htm page, as well as a .php page.


                      I would disagree. I have tried copying from several other programmes
                      such as Forte Agent, Open Office, Mozilla Thunderbird etc MS Word,
                      Excel - and the contents pasted into Dreamweaver ok.
                      So something odd about Publisher.


                      --

                      ~Malcolm N....
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                      • 8. Re: Cannot paste text from MS Publisher into Dreamweaver
                        Newsgroup_User Community Member
                        On Wed, 09 Jan 2008 18:36:32 +0000, Malcolm N_ <malcom@mgnixon.org.uk>
                        wrote:

                        >I would disagree. I have tried copying from several other programmes
                        >such as Forte Agent, Open Office, Mozilla Thunderbird etc MS Word,
                        >Excel - and the contents pasted into Dreamweaver ok.
                        >So something odd about Publisher.

                        I agree with your disagreement. ;-)

                        FWIW, on a Windows system, the clipboard supports multiple formats and
                        can even support proprietary formats. When an application places data in
                        the clipboard, it may use more than a single format. In the case of
                        copying text with proprietary formatting, it should use both the
                        proprietary format *and* plain text. It would seem more logical that
                        Publisher is skipping the plain text part.

                        Gary
                        • 9. Re: Cannot paste text from MS Publisher into Dreamweaver
                          ugotus Community Member
                          ok - don't know where you guys are going with all of this, but here's how things stand (as far as I know):

                          1. Text can be copied from ALL programs and pasted into Publisher.
                          2. Text can be copied from all programs EXCEPT Publisher and pasted into DW.

                          FYI - I just tried Publisher to InDesign and it works.
                          • 10. Re: Cannot paste text from MS Publisher into Dreamweaver
                            cagniewek1
                            Help - Copy/Paste Function Stopped

                            I need help! For years, I have used Dreamweaver. I have copied and pasted articles from MS Word into DW. All of a sudden, I can no longer copy and paste anything from any format into DW. I tried notepad and it did not work.

                            I have not reset any functions, so I am completely without understanding of why this is happening. I checked the Copy/Paste Preferences Dialog and everything is still the same.

                            Please help!

                            Cathy
                            • 11. Re: Cannot paste text from MS Publisher into Dreamweaver
                              Newsgroup_User Community Member
                              http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/knowledgebase/index.cfm?id=dd550772


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                              "cagniewek1" <webforumsuser@macromedia.com> wrote in message
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                              > Help - Copy/Paste Function Stopped
                              >
                              > I need help! For years, I have used Dreamweaver. I have copied and
                              > pasted
                              > articles from MS Word into DW. All of a sudden, I can no longer copy and
                              > paste
                              > anything from any format into DW. I tried notepad and it did not work.
                              >
                              > I have not reset any functions, so I am completely without understanding
                              > of
                              > why this is happening. I checked the Copy/Paste Preferences Dialog and
                              > everything is still the same.
                              >
                              > Please help!
                              >
                              > Cathy
                              >

                              • 12. Re: Cannot paste text from MS Publisher into Dreamweaver
                                JudyKaye

                                Did anyome ever find a better solution to this problem than pasting into Word or Notepad and then pasting into Dreamweaver? I am using the trial version of CS4, and it still does not let you copy and paste from Publisher. Other lower-end html design editors do not have a problem and this works great, so I can't say that the problem lies with Publisher. Seems to me it lies with Dreamweaver.
                                • 14. Re: Cannot paste text from MS Publisher into Dreamweaver
                                  Newsgroup_User Community Member
                                  Garbage in, garbage out. If other low-end editors do this, then you should
                                  use them. Publisher is the source of the crappy markup that DW is being
                                  asked to decipher. It just cannot.

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                                  "JudyKaye" <webforumsuser@macromedia.com> wrote in message
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                                  > Did anyome ever find a better solution to this problem than pasting into
                                  > Word
                                  > or Notepad and then pasting into Dreamweaver? I am using the trial version
                                  > of
                                  > CS4, and it still does not let you copy and paste from Publisher. Other
                                  > lower-end html design editors do not have a problem and this works great,
                                  > so I
                                  > can't say that the problem lies with Publisher. Seems to me it lies with
                                  > Dreamweaver.
                                  >

                                  • 15. Re: Cannot paste text from MS Publisher into Dreamweaver
                                    ugotus Community Member
                                    I thought this forum was for help? Why do I get the feeling that Adobe has hired snotty employees to watch the boards?
                                    • 16. Re: Cannot paste text from MS Publisher into Dreamweaver
                                      Newsgroup_User Community Member
                                      I have no idea. Nobody here is an employee.... We are all just users of
                                      the software. And we can all speak for the disaster that trying to move
                                      from Publisher to any HTML is going to be. It's just a bad idea.

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                                      "ugotus" <webforumsuser@macromedia.com> wrote in message
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                                      >I thought this forum was for help? Why do I get the feeling that Adobe has
                                      >hired snotty employees to watch the boards?

                                      • 17. Re: Cannot paste text from MS Publisher into Dreamweaver
                                        JudyKaye Community Member
                                        I prefer a 'higher-end' product because I expect it to do all the things a lower-end product does, plus much more. I need the capabilities of a strong ftp presence, plus templates, plus search searches/corrections, etc. However, I am not the editor of the articles posted in Publisher. I have been hired to make these available on a non-profit website. My point is that if lower-end editors can decipher the Publisher document, DW should be able to do the same. Obviously, there is no support or concern for those of us that want to elliminate the middle step of copying to Word first and then to DW. What kind of solution is that?
                                        • 18. Re: Cannot paste text from MS Publisher into Dreamweaver
                                          Newsgroup_User Community Member
                                          > My point is that if lower-end editors
                                          > can decipher the Publisher document, DW should be able to do the same.

                                          Why don't you paste into the low-end publisher and then paste into DW. I'd
                                          be curious to know what the validator says about that code once it gets into
                                          DW, though - http://validator.w3.org

                                          > Obviously, there is no support or concern for those of us that want to
                                          > elliminate the middle step of copying to Word first and then to DW. What
                                          > kind
                                          > of solution is that?

                                          If you want to alert the development team to this as a need, then please
                                          fill this out -

                                          http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/mmform/index.cfm?name=wishform

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                                          "JudyKaye" <webforumsuser@macromedia.com> wrote in message
                                          news:gh1mn2$dmb$1@forums.macromedia.com...
                                          >I prefer a 'higher-end' product because I expect it to do all the things a
                                          > lower-end product does, plus much more. I need the capabilities of a
                                          > strong ftp
                                          > presence, plus templates, plus search searches/corrections, etc. However,
                                          > I am
                                          > not the editor of the articles posted in Publisher. I have been hired to
                                          > make
                                          > these available on a non-profit website. My point is that if lower-end
                                          > editors
                                          > can decipher the Publisher document, DW should be able to do the same.
                                          > Obviously, there is no support or concern for those of us that want to
                                          > elliminate the middle step of copying to Word first and then to DW. What
                                          > kind
                                          > of solution is that?
                                          >

                                          • 19. Re: Cannot paste text from MS Publisher into Dreamweaver
                                            ugotus Community Member
                                            I have quite a few clients who use Publisher, and I use lots of different software from various providers. Everyone has different needs and issues. That's the nature of the business - NOT my "bad idea." Would YOU switch to another HTML editor just because you can't cut-n-paste from another document? If we all just switched products because we have a problem, would we need a forum?
                                            • 20. Re: Cannot paste text from MS Publisher into Dreamweaver
                                              Newsgroup_User Community Member
                                              Here's the deal. Publisher HTML is too crappy to come into DW. Publisher's
                                              HTML is not unique in this regard. DW is very focused on good, standards
                                              compliant code, and will not work well if you try to copy code in from other
                                              applications that do not have that focus. This is a fact. If you want to
                                              use Dreamweaver, you will have to learn how to live with, or work around
                                              that fact. Complaining here won't change this. Submitting a wish to Adobe
                                              is your only hope of having this changed. We have already given you a
                                              workaround. Use it or not - it's up to you.

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                                              "ugotus" <webforumsuser@macromedia.com> wrote in message
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                                              >I have quite a few clients who use Publisher, and I use lots of different
                                              > software from various providers. Everyone has different needs and issues.
                                              > That's the nature of the business - NOT my "bad idea." Would YOU switch to
                                              > another HTML editor just because you can't cut-n-paste from another
                                              > document?
                                              > If we all just switched products because we have a problem, would we need
                                              > a
                                              > forum?
                                              >

                                              • 21. Re: Cannot paste text from MS Publisher into Dreamweaver
                                                Newsgroup_User Community Member
                                                I duplicated what you see. I took a blank Publisher page, put some text in
                                                the "text box". I then highlighted the text in the text box and attempted to
                                                copy it into Dreamweaver. No go.

                                                I successfully copied the text into Word and Notepad++. I could even copy
                                                from those 2 and then into Dreamweaver with no issue.

                                                So definately a bug/limitation in Dreamweaver that it can't take text from
                                                the "clipboard" from other sources.


                                                • 22. Re: Cannot paste text from MS Publisher into Dreamweaver
                                                  Newsgroup_User Community Member
                                                  Hello,

                                                  When I occasionally need to do this, I will:
                                                  1. Open the file in Publisher
                                                  2. Save as type: webpage
                                                  3. Open this HTML file in DW.

                                                  All the terrible, redundant MS code is right there.
                                                  I use Commands> "Clean Up Word HTML"
                                                  That usually gets rid of 99% of it.
                                                  I then use Find and Replace to get rid of the remaining <span
                                                  style='language:EN; garbage.

                                                  This usually takes less than 30 seconds.

                                                  If you are just interested in the text, you could also Save as Type: .doc in
                                                  Publisher, and then import the Word document into DW.

                                                  HTH.. Take care,
                                                  Tim




                                                  "JudyKaye" <webforumsuser@macromedia.com> wrote in message
                                                  news:gh1mn2$dmb$1@forums.macromedia.com...
                                                  >I prefer a 'higher-end' product because I expect it to do all the things a
                                                  > lower-end product does, plus much more. I need the capabilities of a
                                                  > strong ftp
                                                  > presence, plus templates, plus search searches/corrections, etc. However,
                                                  > I am
                                                  > not the editor of the articles posted in Publisher. I have been hired to
                                                  > make
                                                  > these available on a non-profit website. My point is that if lower-end
                                                  > editors
                                                  > can decipher the Publisher document, DW should be able to do the same.
                                                  > Obviously, there is no support or concern for those of us that want to
                                                  > elliminate the middle step of copying to Word first and then to DW. What
                                                  > kind
                                                  > of solution is that?
                                                  >


                                                  • 23. Re: Cannot paste text from MS Publisher into Dreamweaver
                                                    Newsgroup_User Community Member
                                                    "JudyKaye" <webforumsuser@macromedia.com> wrote in message
                                                    news:gh1gur$75d$1@forums.macromedia.com...
                                                    > Did anyome ever find a better solution to this problem than pasting into
                                                    > Word
                                                    > or Notepad and then pasting into Dreamweaver? I am using the trial version
                                                    > of
                                                    > CS4, and it still does not let you copy and paste from Publisher. Other
                                                    > lower-end html design editors do not have a problem and this works great,
                                                    > so I
                                                    > can't say that the problem lies with Publisher. Seems to me it lies with
                                                    > Dreamweaver.


                                                    Personally, I find that good code saves the most trouble in the long run. I
                                                    always copy and paste into DW from other programs as plain text....

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                                                    • 24. Re: Cannot paste text from MS Publisher into Dreamweaver
                                                      ciarra1525

                                                      If you can save the publisher file as a pdf (in Publisher), the text (but not pictures) carries over fairly well.