How can I paste text maintaining text styling?

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I was just in one of my campaigns making edits, and I copied something from a line above and pasted it on a line below.  A dialogue box opened and had something to do with pasting with or without styles.  Unfortunately, I just thought it was one of those "quick tip" pop ups and dismissed the box without reading it, however, now styles (i.e. font type, size, links, etc) can't be copied and pasted (when I paste, the text goes back to all the defaults - wrong font, size, color, etc).  Is there a way to change this setting (or get that pop up window back) so that styles will be preserved when copied and pasted?
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Paul Zimmerman-Clayton, Official Rep

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Hey there! Thanks for posting! You can switch that setting back by hovering over a text block, and clicking the Text Pasting option: 



which will bring up this dialogue box: 




Here you can switch how the editor will handle text with styles. For more information, please take a look at our resource center page here

While this will prevent styling from being stripped out of the text, we always recommend starting with unformatted text (either by creating the text in Emma, copying from a plain text editor like editpad.org, or using the clear formatting button) because copying formatted text could potentially bring in additional style tags that, at best, will slow things down, and at worst, cause your email to look strange. In either case, definitely make sure to send tests and tweak your mailing to make sure it looks good. 

Please let me know if you have any questions! 
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This selecting text pasting is not working for my pasting copied text colors ect...
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Hey Dave, 

Depending on where you're copying and pasting from, the code that is running in the background to create those colors could be incompatible with email code.  

Most of the time, if folks are having trouble with the formatting that they're trying to bring in, we suggest that you bring in plain text and format within Emma, as it's likely that coding that's the issue.  

We suggest using editpad.org in order to strip any extra formatting off your text before pasting it into Emma.  

Check out our article here for more info:  https://support.e2ma.net/Resource_Center/Account_how-to/adding-and-editing-text

Let me know if you have any further questions!
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Is there a way to paste text in, but preserve the destination formatting? It would save me a lot of time & frustration if I could just paste in text and it would match the formatting that is already in the email. As it is, everything is being pasted in as black, Arial, 14pt; I want it to be a custom color, Trebuchet, and 14px. The existing text in the email is formatted correctly, but when I paste in new content it all reverts to black Arial.

Thanks
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Hey there, 

When pasting text in without any formatting, it's going to be brought in to whatever the default styling is for that template.  If you have a template that you'd like to change the defaults on, our design team can make that adjustment to your template.  You can reach out to them via their DESIGN REVISIONS FORM

Most of the time, if I'm pasting in text into a box and wanting to match the style that's already there, I will paste it into the code view.  You don't necessarily need to be proficient in code to do this (I'm certainly not).  You can either add the text in or replace the existing text in the code view and it won't break the formatting that's in place.  

Check out THIS VIDEO I recorded of me doing just that.  
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Hi Grey - Thanks for your prompt response!

I have to admit to some frustration with the web interface. I am used to hand-coding, and I am using MyEmma for the first time. This is my company's first client that uses this platform, so we're eager to see how well it works.

I will contact the design team to have revisions made to the templates.

Brian