paste-preview-in-word-2010Word 2010 allows users to preview the results of cut and paste with the paste preview command. Paste preview is a great timesaver, since you no longer have to paste to see the finished article and then undo if you don’t like it.

To see the paste preview options in Word 2010, click Home > Paste (click the bottom half of the button with the down arrow).

When you do this you will then see 3 buttons offering the following options:

  • Keep Source Formatting – this option retains the formatting used on the source document you copied. This means that text will be displayed using the same fonts and other attributes like the line height of text will be retained too. Images are inserted with the same vertical and horizontal spacing.
  • Merge Formatting – the pasted elements will adopt the formatting currently in use in the destination Word 2010 document.
  • Keep Text Only – using this option will discard certain things that were present in the source, such as images and formatting. Only plain text will be pasted so headings, for example, will lose their size and bolding.

All you have to do is hover the mouse over any one of those three options to see a preview of what your pasted content will look like.