Why am I having trouble when copying text from Word?

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Hi, I am new and find that Yola is really easy to work with - PROPS! However I do have a few things which seem basic but which I am struggling with.
1. In a text box, it seems almost impossible to edit. The text kind of slides around, I can't move the pointer, it take half an hour to make the tiniest change. (I am importing Word dox by cutting and pasting.)
2. How do I drag a picture round to position it on the page, within a text box and how do I delete a picture?
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steppingstones.sue

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lambofgod

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Oh noes! Word encrypts the text in encoding that do not work with the web. What you need to do is copy and paste into Notepad (it's a program installed on your computer by default). The copy and paste off of Notepad and then to your website. This should make it easier to use!

Notepad location for XP and Vista
Start Menu>Accessories>Notepad

For Linux ( a little more complicated)
Stage 1 - Open a gnome terminal (ALT+F2, then type gnome-terminal). We will use the terminal to install WINE on your computer. WINE allows you to use Windows software on a linux box. WINE Is Not an Emulator.

Stage 2 - This step depends on which version of ubuntu you are using. Choose the appropriate version: For Ubuntu 6.10 (Edgy) type:
sudo wget http://wine.budgetdedicated.com/apt/s... -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/winehq.list

For Ubuntu 6.06 (Dapper) type:
sudo wget http://wine.budgetdedicated.com/apt/s... -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/winehq.list

These commands allow ubuntu to find the latest version of WINE on the Internet.
Stage 3 - Type the following at the command line prompt:
wget -q http://wine.budgetdedicated.com/apt/3... -O- | sudo apt-key add -

This line checks that the download site is secure for your operation system.
Stage 4 - Type the following at the command line prompt:

sudo apt-get install wine libwine

This downloads and installs WINE on your computer.
Stage 5 - Type the following at the command line prompt:

wine --version

This will tell you which version of WINE has been installed.
Stage 6a - Check that you have wine0.9.29 or newer. If you have an earlier version of WINE, such as wine0.9.28 or wine0.9.27 go to 6b. If you have at least wine0.9.29 or newer such as wine0.9.30 or wine 0.9.31 etc. then you can move on to step 7.

Stage 6b - Only if your version of WINE is ealier than wine0.9.29.

sudo apt-get remove wine libwine

This will uninstall the current version of WINE. Next go back to step 4.
Stage 7 - Close the terminal and download the latest version of Notepad++. The file should be downloaded directly to your desktop. Next reboot the machine. (This step is optional, but may be required to start wineserver which runs as a background daemon allowing you to run Windows apps on Linux.

Stage 8 - Open a terminal and type the following at the command line prompt in order to configure WINE:

winecfg

The WINE configuration GUI is relatively easy to use. If the configuration tool crashes in the Audio section your sound card is incorrectly set up (but this tutorial does not deal with the problem since Notepad++ does not use sound). Under the Applications tab a drop down menu allows you to choose the Windows version you wish to simulate via WINE. A friend of mine told me he was having problems with Windows XP mode and that it was better to use Windows 2000, but I have not experienced any problems, so the choice is yours.
Stage 9 - Close all windows and install Notepad++ by double clicking on the installer which you have downloaded to your desktop: You simply follow the standard installation procedure, identical to that used in Windows. the directory which corresponds to C:\ in Windows is by default : ~/.wine/drive_c/ . Note also that it may take two or three seconds more for a Windows application to launch in WINE on Linux. The rest is identical.

Stage 10 - Configure Notepad++. Two options must be disabled in preferences dialog (Menu Settings->Preferences):

Tab Switcher function which makes the program crash.
Minimize to system tray function.
All you need to do now is double click on Notepad++ icon on your desktop and you're all set...

P.S. Don't worry, I wrote the Notepad++ article a couple days ago.
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I'm afraid I might have confused you. Don't do the Linux part unless you have the Linux Operating System. If your not sure if you have Linux, you don't.
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Err, I'm afraid that this doesn't actually work. My notepad document is impossible to work on in Yola. Specifically, I am unable to delete additional line spacing which is being inserted when I paste the document.
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Oh no, don't upload the Notepad document, copy the text into Notepad then copy the text back into Yola.
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lambofgod has you on the right track, I just wanted to hop in and share a little bit more about why this happens.

As he mentioned, when you copy and paste rich text directly from MS Word (or another word processor) onto your site, this brings along a whole lot of unwanted formatting that is not web friendly and can easily break your page. It can also cause your site to show up inconsistently in different browsers.

Like lambofgod directed, you can avoid display and loading issues by pasting your text into NotePad (in the accessories folder of your computer) and then paste it as plain text onto your Yola page. You can then use the Yola text editor to format your text as desired. Please note that this would be the case with any browser-based text editor you might use, not just Yola. It is a universal website building problem.

Hope this clears up the confusion a bit.
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OK, I understand, but is there something I am missing, is the text editor something additional to the bits on the toolbar and the usual editing that one does with any copy ie from the keyboard? Also, could you answer my qestion about how to move and delete pictures which I have put into a text bosx with the picture widget? Right clicking on the pic does NOT give me the option to delete, how to do I drag the picture?
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Hello steppingstones.sue

Are you, by chance, using IE6? If so, this is a browser that is becoming increasingly more difficult for us to support as it's quickly becoming an obsolete browser.

Would you mind trying to upgrade your browser to at least IE7 or higher? This should hopefully resolve the issues you're having.

To delete your widget, you can click on the X in the upper right-hand corner of the widget box.

Please let me know how this goes.
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I have IE8.

I really need to know
1. How to delete a picture which I have imbedded in TEXT using the insert picture widget. Right clicking on the pic does not offer me the option to delete.
2. How do I move such a picture within text?

Surely everone needs to do this all the time, why is it not explained in the tutorials? Or am I just not seeing something obvious.
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Hi,

If you have inserted a picture in to a text widget using the "insert image" button on the tool bar- you can delete it at a later stage by clicking directly on the image in the text widget to select it (you will see a border with anchor points appear around the image), and then simply hit your "backspace" or "delete" key. The picture should then be removed from the text widget.

With regards to moving the image, I'm not sure if I have understood you correctly but this could be achieved by dragging the image around the widget (you will see the flashing cursor move in the background with the image: you can the release the image when the cursor is where you want the image to be); and by using different wrapping options-

Yola makes it easy for you to wrap text around your picture! The key here is to make sure to add the the text below your picture. Here are the steps:

1. Add picture
2. Add text (text needs to be below the image)
3. Highlight picture
4. Choose text wrap option from the Edit Toolbar

or

1. Add text
2. Add picture above the text
3. Highlight picture
4. Choose text wrap option from the Edit Toolbar

This is quite a long reply, but I hope it helps!