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Old 08-25-2009, 04:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm having to frequently copy text from old emails on my BB and paste it into new ones as I write them, to avoid re-typing the same info again and again to new clients. However, I notice that if there is more than one paragraph of text, all separation between paras. is lost after pasting.

Is this normal on a BB? I'm on an old 8700 but it is running OS 4.5. Is it a feature, or is there something I can do keep the paragraph spacing? It's a PITA to have to re-format each time so my clients don't have to read huge chunks of unrelieved text.

If it's just is the way BB works, I'll live with it, but it would be helpful to know that so I don't feel I'm missing something or it's some odd quirk of my particular device.
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I haven't noticed that problem. Perhaps it is from HTML-formatted email messages, and the paragraph return is not copying?

I wonder... try this, open an email you intend to copy. Click the wheel to "Get Plain Text" and now copy and paste. Does the paragraph space retain itself?
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I've never seen this behavior either. When I copy/paste multiple paragraphs the formatting and spacing remain exactly as they were when I originally copied them. Might be an issue with the original formatting of the email from which you copied.
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Thank you JSanders. You're quite right. If I switch to plain text then copy and paste all paragraph spacing remains; go back to HTML and it doesn't. Kinda seems counterintuitive since HTML is all about formatting, but I'm very happy to have a solution.

Thank you. These forums are so great to get help.
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Yea, but.

HTML uses (some does) a "soft" return like a paragraph marker, which is not the same as a "new line" code in ascii. I think. Something like that.

Either way, not a great solution, but now you know.

And I bet, you'll not see this exist on all pages, as rambo mentioned.
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Yeah, you're right. Now I've tried it on more emails I see it's not consistent. Sometimes formatting remains intact with HTML, sometimes not, and that must be why rambo hasn't seen it. But whenever the formatting is lost, selecting plain text and copying again restores it.

There may be some logic to it depending on where I originally typed those emails - online at gmail, on the BB, on desktop Outlook, on desktop Thunderbird. Right now, though, I'm just happy to have a solution.

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