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The Smart cut and paste functionality is used to adjust the formatting for text or objects that are cut or copied and then pasted into a Word document.
The Smart cut and paste option is on by default. To clear or set this option, click Options on the Tools menu, click the Edit tab, and then click to clear or select the Smart cut and paste check box. If you want to specify default pasting options for the Smart cut and paste feature, click Settings. You can set default options for Microsoft Word or specify custom settings. This article describes the seven options in the Settings dialog box.
There are seven choices in the Individual options section in the Settings dialog box. The following table lists these options and explains how they work.
Option Explanation ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Adjust sentence and Adjusts spaces between words after word spacing automatically a paste. Removes extra spaces when deleting text or adds spaces when pasting text from the clipboard. Adjust paragraph spacing Preserves paragraph spacing when on paste pasting text to prevent empty paragraphs or inconsistent paragraph spacing. Adjust table formatting and Controls paste options for alignment on paste formatting and aligning tables. Single Cell: Pasted as text. Partial table: Pasted as rows into an existing table (rather than as a nested table). Adding a table to an existing table: The pasted table is adjusted to match the existing table. Smart style behavior Controls style conflicts in a document. Styles are handled consistently when the style in the document you are pasting from has the same name as a style in the document you are pasting to. The Paste options allow you to choose between keeping the formatting and matching the formatting of the destination document. Merge formatting when Controls the results when pasting pasting from PowerPoint from Microsoft PowerPoint. Applies the formatting of surrounding text or tables to the pasted selection by default. Applies the most recently used bullet/number/list style for all bulleted/numbered lists. Preserves such items as tables, hyperlinks, images, OLE objects, and shapes. Adjust formatting when pasting Controls pasting results when from Microsoft Excel pasting data from Excel. The default is to paste the data in a table in the Word document. When pasting an Excel chart, it is pasted as a picture (uses less disk space) rather than as an OLE object. Link and embed options are still available. Merge pasted lists with Controls formatting of pasted list. surrounding lists List items will be formatted like the surrounding lists by default. The paste options allow you to change the formatting of the list when pasting.