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Pasting and Formatting Articles in the InfoBarrel Editor

By Edited Mar 4, 2014 8 23

One of the first things that a new user to InfoBarrel should learn is to write their articles in a word processor instead of writing directly in the InfoBarrel editor. For a myriad of reasons, it is possible to lose your work when working with the online editor. This is not a problem unique to InfoBarrel. It is a common problem with any online editor. One of the few exceptions would be services like Google Docs which are designed specifically with online content creation and editing in mind. Though it too can suffer from some of the following problems.

It is possible that you could be automatically logged out of the InfoBarrel website while you are typing your article. When you then save your document in the InfoBarrel editor you will lose your document. If your Internet connection is not active when you try to post your article, then your work could be lost. A power outage that shuts down your computer will cause you to lose the document that you are working on. All of these are reasons that should encourage you to write your article in a word processor and paste the contents into the InfoBarrel editor after the document is created.

Pasting Your Article

There are at least three ways you can paste your article into the InfoBarrel editor. First is to start a new article and paste the contents of your word processing document directly into the editor. The second is to use the clipboard button on the second row of the editor that has the W on it. This is designed specifically for users of MS Word or similar word processing programs to retain as much of the formatting as possible. The third way is to use the clipboard icon with the T on it which is to the left of the W icon. This will strip out any formatting from your document and paste the contents into the InfoBarrel editor as plain text.

The safest option is to paste only plain text into the InfoBarrel article (by using the T icon). This is because there are different ways that different editors handle the way text is displayed. When you paste formatted text from any editor into another editor, you are likely to have slight formatting problems. Sometimes these problems may not show up in the editor, but when the information is saved and opened in another program there will be incompatibility issues embedded in the formatting. This is especially true when you start viewing a web page with various browsers. What may look fine in the editor may render oddly on the reader's browser. Throw three or four popular browsers into the mix and you, as the writer, may never know what the reader sees when trying to view your article on their computer. However, all of these potential problems are eliminated when you make an effort to paste only plain text into the InfoBarrel editor.

An optional way to make sure you are only pasting plain text into the editor is to first paste your article from your word processor into the Notepad application on your Windows computer. This is the way the administrators at InfoBarrel recommend you strip the formatting out of your articles before pasting them into the InfoBarrel editor.

Formatting Your Article

Because you are stripping all formatting out of your article when you paste it into the InfoBarrel editor, you will need to format the article after it is written. You should not spend much time formatting the article in your word processor. Use the word processor to help you with any of the nicer writing tools (spelling and grammar checkers along with word count features), but save the formatting for the InfoBarrel editor.

Formatting would include any haedings that you plan to use as well as italicized and bolded text. You can use the formatting options in the InfoBarrel editor to help you with each of these actions. You will also know that there is no translation layer that is preventing you from being able to format your text the way you want.

In the new InfoBarrel 2.0 editor you are given the option to use different text elements with headings and sub-headings. While there may be a place for using these in the future, it currently seems that there are fewer formatting problems if you place your whole article into one text element as if you were using the old InfoBarrel editor. If you need to break your article into different headings, do so within one text element in the editor. If you have articles that have large gaps between the different sections, it is probably due to using different text elements when creating the article. Until the problem is sorted out, you can eliminate this by creating your whole article in a single text element.

When applying an H2 or H3 heading you might find that it makes the whole paragraph below the heading turn into the larger, bolded text. This is because you have a line break in your text instead of a full carriage return. A line break is created when you type shift+enter. In HTML that means you are creating a BR tag instead of a regular enter which is a P tag. You can fix the problem by inserting your cursor at the beginning of the line after the heading text and typing a backspace (to get rid of the line break) and then enter to give you a full carriage return. The text in your paragraph below the heading should turn back into normal text.

It is an extra step to have to paste plain text into the editor and then format it after you have it pasted. However, it is the best way to insure that your articles won't have any odd formatting that you can't clean up.

Take time to notice how other articles are formatted on InfoBarrel. Some use colors to highlight text, others have creative uses of bold and italics. All of these are good and can help set your article apart. But you probably know when something doesn't look right. When you encounter this, then you should be able to fix it in the editor. If you are having trouble getting your article formatted properly, then please ask for help in the forum. People are willing to help you get your article looking right. When your article looks good, InfoBarrel looks good. We all have a vested interest in helping everyone format their articles so that readers will enjoy our website.



Feb 21, 2011 12:58am
This is really helpful information, and I appreciate you for taking the time to share it with everyone else. I know that you will rarely earn anything off an article like this, and that you wrote it out of kindness. It is much appreciated!
Feb 28, 2011 4:56pm
Thanks Deborah-Diane. I am glad to write it if it helps others.
Feb 21, 2011 6:39pm
Great article! Extremely informative. I usually just paste from Word and didn't realize the "W" was designed for that. But I think I'll use the plain text feature from now on because I work on a Mac and often have formatting problems. Thanks for generously sharing your helpful tips!
Feb 28, 2011 4:57pm
You are welcome! You do a great job with formatting your articles. I know you spend a lot of time and effort getting them just right. Hopefully this will make it easier for you.
Feb 27, 2011 8:01pm
Great information dpeach! The heading and sub-heading information was very helpful for me.
Feb 28, 2011 4:59pm
Great! The new editor tries to make some things a bit more automatic. I find it much less difficult to format if I stay away from the automatic headers and sub-headers that the editor offers. Doing them manually makes it easier to format later.
Mar 1, 2011 8:48am
Thanks dpeach, this does clear up a lot, but what about pictures? I haven't been able to drag them in.
Mar 2, 2011 8:37am
I should do an article on pictures alone. Working on one for video currently. I will put pictures on my list.
May 14, 2011 10:39pm
Thanks again, dpeach. This is extremely helpful and has cleared up a couple of questions I had.
May 16, 2011 10:17pm
Wonderful! I am glad this information was a help. Getting the formatting right can be a challenge. It really helps to get the plain text into the editor to get started.
May 27, 2011 7:30pm
Another informtive article. Thanks for spreading the good Word.
May 31, 2011 11:11am
Thanks for the comment Wisdom_With_Wit! I am glad new writers are finding these articles and using them to help get started.
Jun 13, 2011 5:17pm
Well written and extremely informative and helpful. Thumbs up as always and thanks for all your helpful insight...
Jun 13, 2011 6:21pm
This should help you with formatting your articles. Makes things easier when trying to get your article to look just right.

Thanks for your comments.
Jun 25, 2011 8:08am
Wow, now I understand all this better. I had not had any trouble pasting in before with the ctr + V it has only happened now that I am trying to improve and edit more pics.
So will start doing this right (I hope ) in future. thanks for that.
Jun 25, 2011 9:17pm
I hope it helps you clean up those problematic articles. I know it is frustrating to have to fix something after it is broken when it all worked right before. But now you know how to take care of it.
Jun 25, 2011 1:55pm
I missed this article on "Pasting and Formatting Articles in the InfoBarrel Editor," when you published it. So glad it came up in the forum, I have learned another new trick. Thanks for sharing.
Jun 25, 2011 9:18pm
I am glad you found it helpful. About once every 2 weeks this article seems to be a big help to people in the forum. I am happy to share the information.
Sep 10, 2012 4:32pm
Well written article, it convinced me that I should always use an external word processor and copy everything in plain text (I already lost an article). My greatest problem is not text though, it is images. They just do not respond when I drag them with the cursor and the alignment settings simply do not work at all, they are ignored.
For instance if I want to include an image top left the only way to do it is to insert the image first and then the text. But even then the preview mode has nothing to do with the final published article (obviously because in preview there are no ads). As a result huge 7+ line spaces show up. So you actually have to *guess* the space of the ads while writing in order to compensate for the ads space? Is that the way you work with images? (I have not yet reached ten articles to edit the articles after they are published)
Sep 11, 2012 7:28am
For help with pictures, check out my other article called, Inserting and Resizing Images in InfoBarrel 2.0. I think it will help.

I am glad this article could help you to this point. Once you get pre-approved you will find it much easier to make the changes you need to. Some people suggest leaving out pictures until then. That way you can insert them and edit as many times as necessary.
Sep 11, 2012 3:53pm
Thank you dpeach, I am checking this article of yours now. I wrote two new articles today (still pending) where I found it less difficult to work with images; I have no idea how they will show up when they are published though. I need 5 more articles to get pre-approved, I will write them in the next few days. I need it to fix my already published articles (esp. my featured one) and generally work with Infobarrel more seriously.
Nov 18, 2013 5:42pm
Thanks dpeach. Being new I've been madly 'running up and down the aisles' as it were seeking info to make sure I didn't muck my first article up! Your article was helpful - thank you.
Feb 14, 2015 10:02pm
This is a great article especially for somebody like me who is just starting out.
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