Paste Text in Current Style?

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When I paste text into my email template, I can't find an option to paste in current style. (shift - ctrl - v on a PC) My templates are basically worthless to me, because the text I fill in is plaintext, and so I have to go back and select font, size, and color. I'm probably missing something basic. As it is, I spend sooo much time on each email, because I have to reformat everything about the text I enter into my template.

I've tried both pasting options in emma and neither seem to influence whether I can paste the text with the template's style. 


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Engenius

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Lauren Ackerman, Customer Support Specialist

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Hey there! I already replied to you via email, but I wanted to post here too for other community members to see!

Here is more info from our Resource Center with some helpful tips about pasting text.

A few words of caution that stick out:

I pasted in my text, and I can't get it to look how I want! 
When you paste in text from another source, you might be inadvertently pasting in some formatting that isn't compatible with Emma. She does her best to wipe out pesky formatting, and she might try to revert your text to Times New Roman. Simply put, she's just trying to get the text as plain as possible so you can do your formatting using the toolbar. If you've been making formatting changes over time, the formatting might build up. You can use the white eraser icon in the editor toolbar, and this will remove the formatting so you can begin fresh. 

My font won't stick. 
You might find that your font is defaulting to something you don't want, or if you've pasted in your text from another source, the prior font is sticking. Try typing in your text, highlighting it and selecting the font you want. If this doesn’t work, highlight all the text in the text box and click the white eraser icon in the toolbar. It'll turn your text clean again so you can start fresh with formatting the font. 

I keep trying to put in an extra space, and it disappears! 
That's frustrating! There's a chance, if you've pasted from an outside source, that the spacing applied there is sticking in Emma. Use the unformat button (the white eraser icon) to revert to clean text, then retry your spacing. Another trick is inserting a hard return (hold shift while you hit return) to ensure that space definitely sticks. 

I want to use a crazy-awesome font, but it isn't an option in the font family dropdown. Can you add it for me? 
The only fonts that can be included as HTML or editable text in email templates are ones our developers have deemed to be email-safe, meaning that they have the highest probability of being installed on the largest number of audience members' computers. 
Here's our current email-safe font list: Andale Mono, Arial, Arial Black, Arial Narrow, Book Antiqua, Century Gothic, Comic Sans MS, Courier New, Georgia, Helvetica, Impact, Palatino, Tahoma, Times New Roman, Trebuchet MS and Verdana. 

I know that is a lot of information, but I want to make sure you have all the pieces of the puzzle! Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions! 
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Engenius

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As helpful as this is, it doesn't answer my question. Is there a way to paste plain text in the template's already established font format?
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Lauren Ackerman, Customer Support Specialist

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Hey again,

The template you're using mostly likely has CSS giving default styling to the text entered in the flex area in the template. If you paste plaintext there, it will render in that default style unless you apply different styling with the editor toolbar.

It is possible for our Services Team to tweak that CSS for you and I am happy to connect you to talk pricing and strategy. You can also visit 
http://myemma.com/design-revisions to connect with the Services Team directly!
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Engenius

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This is helpful! Thanks. Is there a way for us to access the CSS in Emma Templates? (As opposed to coding our own?)
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Emily Hollingsworth, Alum

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Hi there -- Stepping in for Lauren while she's out of the office. There isn't a way to access the template code for Emma gallery templates.