Known issue: Paste from Word

Published on: Author: Mathieu Plourde

After submitting text in Sakai that contains segments coming from Microsoft Word [1], you might notice the following code onscreen.

This is because extra code is copied along with your formatted text. Your content is actually there, it’s simply below the garbled code. This known issue can easily be avoided by following these instructions:


Use the Paste as plain text button and copy/paste the text from MS Word into the pop-up window. Reapply formatting as needed.

Do not use the Paste from Word button because formatting codes will become visible and cause problems when you go to save or publish.

Internet Explorer

Click the Paste from Word button and use CTRL-V to paste text from the .doc or .docx files (MS Word 2003 or 2007) into the pop-up window. There may be minor formatting issues.

[1] Pasting from other Microsoft Office products (e.g. Outlook, Excel, Access) might produce the same result.

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  1. Thanks Matt!

    TO ALL: Brock University’s site is an excellent resource for users of Sakai, by the way. If you can’t find what you’re looking for in our UD documentation, these guys usually have something 😉

    In general, if you find resources that we should promote or adapt at UD on other universities’ pages, let us know!