Tips and Tricks

How to Retain Formatting while Pasting Contents in WLW

Many times when we write articles, we might need to paste some content like table from Word documents to Windows Live writer. For example when we paste a table from Word to WLW, the table formatting is lost. But we can retain the formatting of original article in Window Live Writer. To do this, next time you paste content, right click on text area in WLW and select “Paste Special” option.


When you select this, you will be prompted with Paste Special option where you can select the formatting for pasting the content. The options shown here may vary depending on the content being pasted.

format selection

If you select the Keep Formatting option, all the existing formatting will be retained in Writer. This option is specially useful for pasting tables from Word document and web pages.

Nirmal is a Technology Blogger and a Microsoft MVP in Windows. Blogging has been his passion for more than a decade now, he started with this blog in 2007. He can be contacted at You can find Nirmal on , and .

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  1. thanks for the tip, nirmal

  2. Seriously I never knew dis.. thanks a lot!!

    Stumbled 😀

  3. @Rockstar Sid,
    Thanks for the Stumble, glad that you liked it.

  4. I did not know this. Thanks for that man.

  5. Aha well, glad you showed how to remove the MS formatting, their tags are a real pain to have in the HTML 😀

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