Try changing the settings in Prefererences>> clipboard Handling
If that does not work, then one of the copy/paste utilities should fix that. I don't use Windows that much, but there was one I used that allowed me to paste as either plain text or rich text, which was nice.
Thanks, but no luck. I tried switching from pasting "text only" to "all information" in the InD clipboard preferences with no change in results.
As far as another software download, my step of pitstopping through Excel works, even though it's a pain, so I'd likely just stick with that.
The Clipboard is a relatively "dumb" way of tranferring information. Probably in the more recent version of Office you're using, PowerPoint puts copied tables on the Clipboard in a proprietary format useable by other Office apps, but not to other applications like InDesign.
You'll probably have to use the method you've already found.
Of course, you could try complaining in the Microsoft forums. ;-)
Darn you Microsoft! I was hoping it was just operator error. Thanks for the help.
I had exactly the same issue.
It turns out that it won't copy cells in a format that can be pasted into text-only apps (e.g. notepad).
in the end I wrote a macro that copies the text from highlighted cells and made it into a quick plug-in so I can have it as a button in my Home tab PowerPoint 2010 ribbon.
Feel free to grab the code or even the plugin here if it's of any use to you:
All the best.
Use the CleanPreferencesWin.bat file to do it quicker!
With all Captivate 6 and later versions Adobe now provides an easier way to reset preferences via a special CleanPreferencesWin.bat file located in a new utils directory found inside the Captivate install folder under Program Files.
Just close down Captivate and execute the CleanPreferencesWin.bat file at this location to reset your preferences folder in a matter of a second or two. Some users that experience this issue often even set up a custom shortcut on their desktop!
This is the InDesign forum. You've posted a reference to a batch file for clearing Captivate prefs which seem irrelevant.
Ops sorry. My bad
i was try to paste it in another forum.
Powerpoint "tables" are one-of-a-kind fakes that don't translate to any other editing environment outside Office. Using Word as a go-between is probably the most prudent way to move them via copy/paste.
I know it can be difficult to control or dictate what contributors provide as raw material, but in your shoes I'd at least make a few serious attempts to get (them to leave) Powerpoint out of the mix.
I've been having the same issues and using the same annoying work-around of copying/pasting the text into Word first then into Indesign... for whatever reason, when I unchecked "All information (Index Markers, Swatches, Styles, etc.) and checked "Text Only" under InDesigns Clipboard Handling Prefs, it would finally paste the text from PPT. Good luck!