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A text excerpt showing HTML formatting codesIf you paste text into a Joomla! article straight from MS Word or another web page, you may get some very strange results. That's because Word documents and web pages typically contain lots of invisible formatting codes, and these need to be stripped out before the text is pasted into your own site. To do this, you need a plain text editor - and if you're using Windows on your PC or laptop you've already got one: Windows Notepad.


  • In Windows 7, click the 'Start' button and type 'Notepad' into the 'find programs and files' search box.
  • In Windows 8, hover your mouse cursor over the bottom right-hand side of the screen, choose the magnifying glass 'Search' icon, and type in 'Notepad'.

Once Notepad is running:

  1. Copy and paste your text into Notepad.
  2. Select the text in Notepad and copy it again (if you miss out this step, the codes will not be removed).
  3. Paste the Notepad text into the Joomla! article.

Some formatting (e.g. italics and emboldening) will be lost in the process, but can be re-added in the Joomla! article editor.

What you need to know

Why use a CMS?

A Content Management System (CMS) makes it possible for anyone who can use word processing software to edit their own website

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About Joomla!

Our sites are based on the powerful and flexible content management system Joomla!, which is freely available for use under a GNU/GPL license

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About Open Source

The Open Source Initiative is maintained and constantly improved by a worldwide community of developers who give their time and skills free of charge.   

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About domain names

A domain name is a unique identifier that enables browsers to locate your website on the internet.

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About webhosting

To be available to internet users, the files that make up your website must be hosted on a 'server'.

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Extending your website

There are thousands of add-on components, modules and plugins available to extend Joomla's functionality.

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What about content?

Writing for the web is a special skill, and we understand that not everybody who needs a website will have experience in this area.

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What will my website cost?

Every website is different, and we quote for each one individually and free of charge after extensive discussion.

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What happens next?

If you'd like to talk informally about what a website could do for you, please contact us via the email form on the Contact page.

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