eShop: Can I import text from Microsoft Word?

This article applies to the Magicdust eShop 1.0. Click here for articles relating to Magicdust eShop 2.0.

There is no direct import tool from Microsoft Word into your website text editing area.

It is recommended that you do not use Microsoft Word to create and format the text you intend to put into your website. The main reason for this is because Microsoft Word uses a special kind of code to format and display text on the screen which is different from the code that websites use. When Microsoft Word code is added to website code, the two are not entirely compatible and lead to text displaying incorrectly on your website. Given the complexity of Microsoft Word code in comparison to standard web HTML, this also makes it very difficult to troubleshoot.

We thus strongly recommend that if you want to write a draft of the website text before you input it into the editor, you use what is called a "plain text" editor, such as Notepad in Windows or Wordpad on a Mac system. This will mean that the text you copy and paste in will be completely free of any hidden Microsoft Word code. We then recommend you use the website's visual editor to format and style your text accordingly.

For a tutorial on how to use the visual editor, please click here.

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