[resolved] Best Text Editor? ...pls save my marraige! (9 posts)

  1. shepherdjim
    Posted 6 years ago #

    My wife is typing up a stack of blogposts to use on our new, yet-to-be uploaded WP website. She had been using MS Word but I discovered that even when we saved a Word .doc as a .txt file there was still a bunch of "junk" in the resulting textfile that gave the WP post editor fits. I switched her over to Notepad, but she wants to at least be able to bold, italicize and underline.

    Can anyone recommend a separate WYSIWYG text editor that allows you to bold, italicize and underline and will save an HTML text file that can be pasted straight into the WP Dashboard text editor? ...I think I'm asking the right question ...

    Thanks! Jim

  2. Ryan S
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Well, I am using notepad and not having any difficulties...
    But you can have a look at this:

    Or either this:

  3. ltkeng
    Posted 6 years ago #

    There's a program made by Microsoft specifically for this kind of situation:

    Blog your heart out
    Writer makes it easy to share your photos and videos on almost any blog service—Windows Live, WordPress, Blogger, Live Journal, TypePad, and many more.


  4. kmessinger
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Saving a word file as text definitely works. Something must be wrong on your end. Also pasting text from Word into the editor using the Paste from Word button works fine.

    There is no reason your wife should have to abandon word if all she is doing is input with bold, ital and underline.

  5. shepherdjim
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Whew! Thank you for all the info! Sorry it's taken me this long to issue my thanks; we had a heavy wet snow up here in Maine, USA earlier in the week and lost our power on two separate occasions.

    MS Word: We have had s bit more success using Word to prepare posts. Pam's laptop is a Vista machine and she's using the new Word/Office 2007. I can get a plain text file out of it, but any bold, italic, etc formatting is lost along the way.

    We'll have to try a variety of saving and pasting techniques.

    Live Writer: Itkeng! This program is AWESOME! I can do "manual" HTML tagging, but find working in Live Writer quite enjoyable. It's very nice just to have a size-adjustable window in which to work WYSIWYG-ly -- the tiny Dashboard text editor can be frustrating -- hard to see the forest when you can only see two of the trees!

    Again, thanks to you all!

  6. I thought you were able to export from Word into WordPress using Publish Blog in Office 2007.

    http://www.profitblogger.com/wordpress-microsoft-word/ mentions it

  7. shepherdjim
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Whoa Ipstenu! AWESOME!

    YOU have saved the marriage! My wife, not a techie by any stretch, has become pretty comfortable with MS Word 2007 and Picasa over the last year. I was expecting her to be very upset when she started to deal with the limitations of the teeny Dashboard post editor window.

    I owe an apology to Microsoft. I've been using Word for something like 30 years ...have mostly ignored all the bells and whistles they kept adding to the program. But, the ability to blog with formatting right from your laptop is a BIG BELL! ...and there are even a ton of image presentation options that we have not explored as of yet!

    Thanks again! Jim

  8. selfmade64856
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Hello, saw your post and wanted to comment. Are you running your own personal wordpress installation? Because if you are then there are a few plugins that integrate with the wordpress editor that make life oh so much easier.

    Either http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/fckeditor-for-wordpress-plugin/



    are both great to use.....gives you all the extra tools you could possibly need such as font size, color, style, underline, tables and a ton more.

    Just thought I would point that out if you didn't already know. This would also help with your text editor screen size as you can click on the full screen button in TinyMCE so that you could indeed see the entire forest ;) just my 2 bits.

    Courtney Bostdorff

  9. Chris_K
    Posted 6 years ago #

    And let's not forget that WordPress has a "Paste from Word" toolbar button right there in the editor. Built in!

    If you don't see it, be sure to click the right most toolbar icon (show/hide kitchen sink) to see more of the editor buttons.

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