Back in the day, when I was a fresh faced email marketer filled with hopes and dreams, we only had Outlook 2003, Hotmail or Yahoo to worry about. Life was good, emails looked great, everything was rosy in the garden.
Microsoft launched Office 2007 and with it came the nightmare that still haunts Email Marketing companies and customers alike, cutting and pasting from Microsoft Word.
In a nutshell, HTML code and Microsoft Word just don’t get along, fact. Whilst your email looks fine and dandy to the naked eye, behind the scenes it’s a turf war to decide how the email you’ve crafted will look once delivered. Will it be ‘Arial’ and black like it looks or ‘Times New Roman’ and blue in the inbox? There are even websites dedicated to this turf war like fixoutlook.org a place for all email designers to vent our frustrations!
For years the question to the eternal support query of “why does it look different?” has been “did you cut and paste this content from anywhere?” now NewZapp will ask a different question when you hover over the CTRL + V keys (or right mouse click), “Paste as plain text?”
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(screenshot from Google Chrome)
Clicking ‘OK’ adds your copy to the editable area as clean as a whistle, regardless of where it came from. Yes, that means you CAN cut and paste from Microsoft Word, Websites, PowerPoint and Excel if you like, as long as you click yes here, the garden will once again be rosy!
|Click ‘Allow access’ to paste in the copy
(Internet Explorer only)
Internet Explorer will ask you for permission to access your clipboard, this is perfectly fine so select ‘allow access’. You will only have to click this once per login.
What if I want to add HTML code?
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(Screenshot from Google Chrome)
Selecting ‘OK’ here will add the entire contents of your current clipboard. Text, code, HTML, the works.