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When writing a forum post sometimes there are problems, such as power outages, browser freezing, you hit cancel instead of post, or you might take so long composing the forum message that your session is logged out and your work is lost. To avoid this frustration and loss of time, there are two options:

  1. Type your reply in Notepad (Windows - in the Accessories folder, which saves as .txt documents) or TextEdit (Mac, in the applications folder) and then paste it into the Message box, and then format it in the way you want it to appear.
  2. Another way is to prepare it in Word and save it, do not format the text, and then copy the text, click the toggle button < > on your discussion forum toolbar above the message box. Paste in your text into the blank message box (it must be blank first), hit < > again, and the raw text will be there. Format it as you wish it to look. The above two ways will not only allow you to prepare your response in a way that it can be saved, but also avoid the <html> coding (like below) that sometimes comes with pasting in from Word directly.
  • Gibberish: <!-- /* Font Definitions */ @font-face font-family:"Cambria Math"; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:roman; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-1610611985 1107304683 0 0 159 0;

**To be safe: compose text only in a text editor as above, or use a word processor, save your work, and then paste it into the discussion forums using the steps below, and do the formatting in the forum.

For more information, *please see the FAQ about the HTML Editor which has information about this.

The best way to prevent formatting issues is to paste text into a forum like this:

  1. First click the Toggle HTML icon (which looks like this: < > ) BEFORE pasting in any text from another program.
  2. Paste in the text (you may remove the <br /> when pasting), and then edit the raw, unformatted text.
  3. Then click the Toggle HTML icon < > again
  4. Then use the HTML toolbar to edit the message, adding bold, italics, underlining, etc. 
  5. And finally, submit the post. 
  6. Remember, you will have 60 minutes from the time you click "Post to forum" to edit or delete the post.