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Formatting - can't apply formatting without changing entire text

  1. I'm trying to edit copy I've pasted from other sources (I used Text Edit to do that) but whenever I try to apply formatting like BOLD, or ITALICS or change SIZE of font in some parts of the copy, it changes ALL of the copy.

    Obviously I don't want it to do that so I how do I format just highlighted parts of the text without it changing everything?

    The blog I need help with is jennikeast.wordpress.com.

  2. If you copy and paste text from somewhere else, you may discover that it does not always appear exactly as you would expect. If you use the Paste as text button then a special cleanup process will run to remove any special formatting and HTML tags that may otherwise change your text.

    When copying and pasting from anywhere else use icon 5 or 6 for WORD in Row 2 of the Visual Editor. Click the icon and a pop-up box will appear paste into it. It will remove all extraneous code. You click insert and it will appear in the post and then you can use the Visual editor icons to format it. Forget about retaining formatting yu id in WORD for example.
    See here > http://en.support.wordpress.com/microsoft-word/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/microsoft-word/

  3. Thanks, Time Thief. I see what I did. I was copying in a Text Editor...but not the right one. I was doing the one on my laptop vs. the one on the blog itself (which, of course, is actually called Visual Editor as you said.

    One more question re: formatting. Why isn't there an icon for actual font sizes? Why is there only Heading 1, 2, 3, Paragraph ... and so forth? Not being able to choose font sizes makes is difficult to use a larger font that isn't bolded! In other words, being forced to use Headings to make my font bigger, means I'm forced to also have that font bolded...I can't unbold it!

  4. WordPress has never included font size or font family. If you want to make those changes, you have to hand code it in HTML. If you want to change the size of the font for an entire post or page, use div tags such as below. I suggest either using em units or percentages for font size since that scales well with the browser zoom features. Points are not a good choice for font size on the web, and pixels should be reserved for positioning, margins and padding.

    `<div style="font-size:120%; font-family:Arial, Helvetica, san-serif;">
    All your text and paragraphs here.
    </div>

  5. Shoot, forgot the closing backtick.

    <div style="font-size:120%; font-family:Arial, Helvetica, san-serif;">
    All your text and paragraphs here.
    </div>
  6. Okay, I'll give it a whirl though I nothing about html (and I do mean nothing). I'm looking into taking BOTH html and CSS starting this week at the community college. Hope my poor little atrophied left side of my brain can handles such tech overload. :)

  7. Sacred Path, can you tell me what html code I would put in front and in back of text to unbold it? Knowing that would be very helpful! And can I unbold a heading (1, 2, 3, etc.)?

    Also, pardon my ignorance (really will be helpful to take that html class), but would you mind demonstrating how I would insert the code?

    Below is a sample sentence I'd want to "unbold" (it's in Heading 3 size down and therefore automatically bolded.) If you could just insert the right code, thereby demonstrating how it's done, that will helpful in the interim - until I learn html myself!) Thanks so much...you are wonderful, helpful people. :) :)

    My assignment was simple... and quite fun: Hire a photographer, wander the streets of one particular neighborhood in Orange County, CA known to look like a Hollywood lot (for the simple reason it "houses" a microcosm of most American architectural styles) & profile those styles on what was then known as the Homestore.com web site.

  8. @JenniKeast
    You may not like the fonts supplied your wordpress.com theme but it’s important to know that regardless which fonts you may wish to choose to jazz up your blog with, your browser and your visitors’ browsers can only use the fonts installed in the same computer. Obviously not every visitor to your blog will have the same fonts installed in their computers as you do on yours, so you can immediately see that problems will arise unless you choose to use common fonts.

    If a reader does not have a specific font installed on his / her computer, the browser will determine which font is displayed. There are a very limited number of fonts (in English/Western languages) which are common for most operating systems/computers/browsers. Read more here about changing fonts in wordpress.com blogs > http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2010/02/04/changing-fonts-in-wordpress-com-blogs/

    The Visual editor has icons we can use to create bold lettering and also to create italics and even to create colored text. <span style="color: #ff0000;">colored text</span>

    These days I see a lot of new bloggers using bold lettering on their entire blog post rather than using bold lettering only on keywords and keyword phrases . Keywords and keyword phrases are what search engines expect to find in bold text. I have even seen people using underlining on text that's not linked - Hello! they just told search engines a link existed where it did not exist.

    The classic mistake many new bloggers make is fussing over aesthetics rather than focusing on creating content. Please do not forget that people come to blogs to read content.

  9. My assignment was simple... and quite fun: Hire a photographer, wander the streets of one particular neighborhood in Orange County, CA known to look like a Hollywood lot (for the simple reason it "houses" a microcosm of most American architectural styles) & profile those styles on what was then known as the Homestore.com web site.

    Visual editor
    Edit the post the text appears in and open it. In the Visual editor run your mouse over all that text to select it.. Now in the Format Box in the visual editor Row 2 (it;'s the first icon) click "paragraph" and the Heading3 will be gone.

    HTML editor
    If your prefer then edit the post the text appears in and open it.Locate the this tag <h3> and delete it. Then locate </h3> at the end of the block of text and delete it.

  10. Time thief, I appreciate your tips--and for taking the time to be so through. Blogs are clearly different than web content per se as bolding headers and subheaders is super important for readability--especially in marketing and ad copy. I can't help defaulting to that as I am trained that way! It's also important to break up the copy visually and using bold, talics, changing fonts sizes, capitalization helps to do just that!

    I did figure out the Visual Editor thing as well so it's all good!

    In terms of bolding key words, it was my understanding (and I was doing this with a Google blog I administered for a non-profit) that linking key words phrases was the most important thing (not overly linking but moderately so). I didn't know that bolding without linking made any difference to search engines. Am I missing something here?
    If so, I do need to know. (Reading a book on SEO and key words, etc. starting tomorrow as I desperately need to know this stuff.)

    As always, I appreciate your feedback and education on the world of WP blogging!

  11. Bolding keywords has no SEO effect. It's just good for readablilty.

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